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by Chris Sorrenti

I guess beauty really is only skin deep
and after all these years thinking
it’s what’s inside that truly counts

Was there an alternate meaning then
to the Beatles’ “Baby You’re a Rich Man”
also singing the praises of beautiful people?

And though I don’t think any of us want to look like The Elephant Man
it’s a safe bet, mutual narcissism has hit a new low
with it’s first step into the 21st century

Membership approved by current members only
with no guarantee of continuance
just ask the 5,000 who got booted off the site last year for gaining ‘holiday’ weight

But here’s the kicker
a former employee planted an 'ugly virus' in the computer system
30,000 new members automatically approved

Contacts were made
IMs sent
dates discussed

And then the owner purposely shut down the program
money was refunded to all the ‘uglies’
with a polite but firm “thanks but no thanks”

“This site is only for beautiful people
so sorry
but you don’t fit the profile”

As an anonymous commenter stated on a related news page
“I will take ugly, smart and friendly over beautiful,
insecure and stupid every time.”

Or as another put it...
”If you are attractive, as the poster proclaims,
you don't need a website to find a date.”

And finally
“Frankly, this website would be more accurately called
Some of the most repulsive people I have met, had a great body.”

© 2011

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Author's Note: Another semi-found poem.

Posted on 06/27/2011
Copyright © 2020 Chris Sorrenti

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Clara Mae Gregory on 06/27/11 at 06:54 PM

Thanks for posting, Chris. This was really quite an amusing read.(and so true)

Posted by Gabriel Ricard on 06/27/11 at 08:55 PM

Fantastic. What else do you expect me to say at this point? Everything about your work is second to none, and that remains so here.

Posted by Joe Cramer on 06/27/11 at 10:30 PM

... excellent.....

Posted by Kristina Woodhill on 06/29/11 at 01:21 AM

"Browse beautiful profiles of men and women without sifting through all the riff raff" - copied from their home page. I did not know this existed - sheesh.... Well done, Chris.

Posted by Quentin S Clingerman on 06/30/11 at 01:46 AM

Cogent observation on one of the current social mores.

Posted by Jody Pratt on 07/11/11 at 06:27 AM

There is much truth here, but also a common deception. How are these "beautiful people" defined by others and to themselves? Judging each other on our exteriors is only a byproduct of the mass advertising of health and "beauty" products in everyday, overwhelming consumer world. Those that see only beauty have no brains, but those that see only brains have beauty. Thanks for this post Chris. It's a nice reminder that I'm not the only person that thinks like this. Also thanks for the comment on Love's Infinity. I too appreciate meeting fellow Canadians on here. I really ought to start being more active here.

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