Why I Should Never Go to the Mall

What are you trying to hide?
is the million-dollar question
posed by the Dead Sea Salts Guy

in the middle-of-the-mall kiosk
as he has emollient cream to fix
every clumsily concealed shame.

He notes my pink-ruddy cheeks,
dry patches on my eyelids,
dark circles, lines around my eyes,

laugh lines, blemishes, crepey skin,
everything aging with the promise
of youthful vibrancy and tightness

following 6 to 8 weeks of daily use.
He even notes my chewed fingernails
You must stop biting. As if I didn’t

know. As if over years and with less
jowl elasticity one becomes saggier
of mind and social understanding.

I can’t help but wonder if Dead Sea
Salts Guy would sell more creams with
Look at you, absolutely perfect. Gorgeous!

NaPoWriMo Day 18! Sharing on the Tuesday Platform in the Imaginary Garden.


  1. Nah, that would asking too much, Marian, from the Dead Sea Salt guy. Rather, we should be more accepting of ourselves, as our body ages, into perfection, whatever that is.

  2. This is such a touching poem, Marian. (and no I don't think he knows beauty when he sees it) ❤️

  3. I wonder, too. I can never understand how anyone buys stuff from people who keep on telling them how not quite right they are. Then again, I am weird.

  4. The Dead Sea Salts Guy doesn't need the money or satisfaction. He only wanted the sale. And the resulting status, fringes and fame.

  5. Is there a line, indeed.

  6. Know exactly what you mean, recently had a huge debate with someone pushing a hair colour promotion in the mall... ugh... salesmen are probably just doing their job, have to wonder though if most people just see what they want to see, rather than what is. Beautifully written.

  7. A charming poem. I've seen your pic and know this is not very accurate, except for the laugh lines--ha. Take care--you're doing great. k.

  8. Oh, those dead sea salt guys drive me crazy. There is nothing more uplifting than having all your flaws tossed into the ears of those passing by.

  9. In many countries this would now be tantamount to an assault which could result in psychological trauma followed by a law suit costing big money if the sales person was working for a company. Remember this for next time ! :)

  10. yeah, f that guy. you're perfect how you are ~

  11. I don't think I would stand there politely.

  12. Dead sea salts priests would probably have an easier job of selling salvation if they would proclaim a little heaven already in everyone's eye. Crepey skin! Now there's homonym to hum!

  13. Great question. Those folks certainly know how to get many people's attention.


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