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Mort-ified

Kirsten Due
Med J Aust 2017; 207 (11): 480. || doi: 10.5694/mja17.00211
Published online: 11 December 2017

Afraid, insecure, self-rejecting
Hope sought in peels and injecting
Age defying (age is sin)
de Beauvoir’s gains are in the bin
Medicalisation of nature’s ways
Maintains doctors in good pay
A little wounding with the knife
Promising happiness, ending strife
Glabellar creases, cavitied cheeks
— how dare you walk the city streets!
New medical terminology
Deforming our normality
As gerontological variation
Undergoes a swift ablation
And primum non nocere
Is abandoned to its decay
Coffins lie with pale corpses —
Botox ruined by rigor mortis

  • Kirsten Due

  • Angaston, SA

Correspondence: katieandluther@gmail.com

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