Shawn L. Bird

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poem- red lipstick January 1, 2014

A sales lady

rhapodized over my

red and purple shoes.

“I wish I had the guts

to wear something like that,”

she said, sighing.

“I always admire

great shoes on other people.”


I told someone of this,

and she said,

“I know what she means.

I used to envy people

who had the courage to wear

red lipstick.”

I smiled,

gazing at her scarlet lips.

“Do you feel super-powered

in that lipstick?”

Her eyes just twinkled in response.


We hold ourselves back,

from what will

make our spirits soar,

reveal our natures,

demonstrate our individuality,

because of what?

Fear of censure by dullards?


Fear of our own unleashed potential?


Embrace the tokens

of your power:

wear shoes that make your feet

dance in the street,

and lipstick that makes your smile

a billboard for your joy.

Be you

in all your



(Thanks Julia, for loaning me the lipstick image). πŸ˜‰


32 Responses to “poem- red lipstick”

  1. STANDS UP and APPLAUDS this and message within…

    if my natural hair wasn’t so dark (and would break off if bleached) I would soooo dye my hair white with rainbow highlights πŸ˜€

  2. I love the message. πŸ™‚ How dull a garden would be without vibrant colours.

    2014 Blessings ~ Wendy

  3. Chess Says:

    Love this one, a powerful message wrapped in perfect words!!!

  4. Happy New Year!! Here’s to a Blessed and Prosperous 2014!! I have just finished filling out my World of Beauty card from Sephora. I wear very little make-up but lipstick is my go to product and my weakness. I have various colors of lipstick and glosses from Mary Kay and the Body Shop, Bath & Body Works, etc… For me my lips and eyes are my best facial features. I’m not too good with eye make-up and I only do my eyes if I’m going to a party or out on a date since being an eyeglass wearer nobody sees my eyes but Lips those I can make stand out! Also I love to be different, quirky, unusual while still being stylish. HOT RED LIPSTICK!! GIVE IT TO ME!! LOL!!

    • I’ll bet you totally rock the red lipstick. πŸ™‚ I am far sighted, so my glasses actually magnify my eyes. I take advantage of that. πŸ™‚ Happy 2014 Deborah!

      • Oh Yes I Love the color red so much that since all my hair turned white at age 52 I’ve been coloring my hair various shades of Red thanks to L’Oreal Feria! Now I’m on R57!! I’ll be 55 next month and I made the decision to be Fiery Red in every aspect just like my personality. Also keeps the guys and gals guessing which shade of Red I’ll be every 5 to 6 weeks or so!!

  5. Bruce Goodman Says:

    And may you
    in all your power
    be yours
    in 2014!

  6. davidprosser Says:

    Rhapsody in Red eh. I wish you a New Year full of Love and Laughter.
    xxx Huge Hugs xxx

  7. words4jp Says:

    Wonderful message;)

  8. Colorful and lovely images with which to start the New Year right. I wear my patent leather red clogs and I walk a little taller.

  9. robertsonwrites Says:

    Great message, but I will have to forego the lipstick. πŸ˜€

  10. xoxosanaz90210 Says:

    Very inspirational. I like the first stanza a lot!! My only question is why is “or” all by itself in the 3rd stanza? Does it not offset it a little?

    • Because there are a hundred ‘or’s that are the silly excuses people use for not doing what their heart truly desires. It’s a little pause for the reader to insert his/her own thing, before I add a second.

  11. Cassie Says:

    Beautifully written and well attuned to the New Year of being yourself & happy. You should consider this poem for your anthem selection ;).

  12. releaf1954 Says:

    I couldn’t just hit the “like” button this time. This one really speaks to me. Thank you!

  13. namesconnie Says:

    Very empowering and loved reading this tonight. Take care. Sincerely, Connie Webb

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