Why are people ugly?

Because otherwise sex would drive the human race mad.

Ugly people having sex isn’t sexy.

It isn’t sexy. It’s sad.

That’s why the truly sexy are miserable, too.

I want to be your friend. I don’t want to sleep with you.


When you told me I was sexy,

It just made me self-conscious and confused.

Sex is too serious. Are people meant to be eaten?

You were honest. But I wasn’t amused.


It always offends the ugly

To bring sex to the feast.

Everything that eats—

And gets fed on—is a beast.


Food should be beautiful—

Bathrooms and sinks, too;

And yard implements and gardens,

And everything but—God, please not you.








  1. anthony rock said,

    October 27, 2015 at 1:03 pm

    Good poem and interesting thoughts on sexy/beauty/ugly (don’t be sexy, be rather, my friend!). Made me laugh–a person usually doesn’t think of food as “beautiful.” That is the kind of unexpected thought-image I find makes poetry worth reading. I enjoyed this–Cheers, Anthony

  2. noochinator said,

    October 28, 2015 at 8:17 am


    We knew her by the smell of her perfume
    as she blurred through to kiss us goodnight.
    Her lips were carmine, perfectly outlined.
    Of this we got close-ups as she floated over
    our scrubbed and ready faces, but never actually
    brushed them or planted a facsimile like prints
    on a tissue. When asked about her voice and hands,
    we looked at each other confused, as neither of us
    had actually experienced these. Her manicurist
    knew her better than we. We’re often photographed
    in our rooms, the current nurse standing behind.
    We have no words to express our mother. We’re told
    we’re sorry she’s dead.

    Laurel Speer

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