on always looking ugly on video calls (a poem)

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The cold white light that burns

From frosty windows filled with clouds,

It pastes the skin in pallid white,

Defining bags that swim beneath the eyes,

And spots that came up overnight

Erupt like small volcano mounts

That cry for makeup scraped on thick.

I wish my hair would fall in curls

That bounce like other girls,

Not straight and straggled with the grease

From a shower missed last night.

The humble call with video too

Will be the death of you…..

7 thoughts on “on always looking ugly on video calls (a poem)

  1. Margot Kinberg

    That’s the thing about video calls and Zoom meetings, isn’t it? You never look your best, no matter what you do, it seems. I think it’s important to let that whole myth go and just get on with the business at hand. No-one looks fabulous on Zoom…

  2. clcouch123

    I haven’t managed a video call correctly, yet. Either the video or the audio has failed. I’ve also not been required for my work to have a video conference in which case I would have tried harder. Video calls via the computer seem really un-fun. I think the poem highlights our problems with the medium, effectively.

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