Bloody beauty takes
all a modern girl can give–
what dignity? what self-esteem?
Petite yellow girls unwrap
hideous, reeking Lotus flowers–
what beauty? what pain?
Jimmy Choo stilettos also
require tribute; metal rods pin toes–
three inches? four inches?
Silicon breasts and behinds
are a la mode as Ferraris–
what curves? what body?
Lotus flowers refer to a fashion among Chinese girls in the Song dynasty, who bound their feet to keep them from growing. This would force their feet into a ‘Lotus flower’ shape, and many medical difficulties resulted because of this.
Recently, I read about Jimmy Choo stilettos in the Smithsonian magazine–apparently, some NYC women are getting metal pins inserted into their feet to make their feet 3-4 inches long, just so they can wear those shoes.