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I Googled "Beauty"

February 3, 2017

I Googled “beauty” wanting to see flowers.

Clicked “images" and saw artfully applied makeup


on women’s faces, indeed beautiful,

but limiting in the representation


of “beauty” as a singular image

expressed as manicured faces,


women’s faces, not even a man’s

and no flowers.


I changed “all images” to “nature”

and the images were artificially rendered, overly-saturated.


Changed "nature" to “flowers” and found

“Texas” and “butterflies” filed under "beauty"


found "love" and "trees"

but no “flowers”


I should have known

how to Google


as a researcher and scholar

as an gardener and activist


I should have known

in the same way I know that


"Compassion begets Compassion"

and "Violence begets Violence" that


"Flowers" begets "Flowers" and

"Beauty" begets "Make-up Tips"







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