01 April 2008

self-portrait challenge: absurd.1

{the classic bruised-knee look}



From the time we pull our first lungful of atmosphere, society sets to work conditioning our wee brains to properly esteem physical beauty.



My skin is a decoupage of bruises, calluses, jagged scars. The antithesis of airbrushed American flawlessness.

But personally? I prefer my look over the plastic people in magazines. Every purpled contusion and blemish is proof that I've attempted greatness, that I have both failed and triumphed with gusto. That I've sought treasures worth the pain.

That I've lived, and am living still.





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12 comments:

daisies said...

from one bruised girl to another ... i love this :)

Courtney said...

I too love this...this is so me(bruised)!

Joeprah said...

My wife bruises like a banana when she bumps into things (see all the time). The picture and the post are both poetic and wonderful. Nicely done!

Kimberly said...

Ouch!

I need to get bruises the way you do. Mine come for sheery clumsiness, I'm afraid.

Beautifully written post.

Tayasmama said...

Contusions=Gusto

Man I love you!

My knees are nothing but scars and bruises

waterfalls*n*rainbows said...

Love this post...

also, tagging you :)

check my blog for what to do, if you want. Feel free to ignore

Melissa said...

I get bruises for no reason. I go to bed and wake up with bruises. Nothing wrong with me... promise :) Just bruise like crazy!

Mandi said...

Thanks for your comment!

I have to say I agree completely with your post, and am glad you could put it into words better than I!

Kristen said...

nic


you have a gift with words...what a wonderful post to read...thanks for elevating blogging to a new level..you set a high standard to follow

Amarettogirl said...

What a beautiful testament to your true, gorgeous, adventurous and perfect self! I absolutley love this image and your words!

jorth said...

Hear, hear!

daisies said...

from one bruised girl to another ... i love this :)