Canary In A Coal Mine
Breathe honesty on a lie, it will heal; even if your whole life is a lie. Because these days I can see everyone without anyone seeing me.
I can walk anywhere, absorb conversations, or just sit down without all the stress.
However, it wasn't always this peaceful.
Some time ago I got a kit with exfoliating scrubs, lotions and cleansers from the agency; they told me all the models used it.
I went home curious about the kit. I grabbed a tube. Rolled the cap off and caught a whiff of strawberry. I squeezed the tube and applied the exfoliating scrub on my fingers. With a circular motion on my forehead I spread the cream very gently, not to cause skin irritation.
I continued down my nose, on my chin and around my cheeks.
Once a day became twice and then three times. God! It was so good, so soothing, and the best part was; it showed positive results. No spots on my skin, no lines or uneven complexion,
just an effortless smooth. Like a porcelain doll, they told me. Even Jessica, who modeled for the biggest names in the business said so - she really did.
I began using the complementary body scrub; it transformed the rest of me. I felt so fresh and invigorated. I was sexiful, plentiful... powerful.
But then, after half a year or so, people started to look at me with insidious glares.
I could feel their eyes peering from top to toe.
I rushed home and scrutinized my reflection in the mirror;
didn't my scrub work anymore?
So, I started using the scrub more and more everyday.
People told me to stop, but you know how some people are, constantly meddling in your affairs, probably jealous of your success.
Now listen, I’ll tell you something - they conspired against me.
How do I know?
Because they told me to take some, vacation.
I bet it was Jessica's doing. She probably felt threatened.
Most likely she had it together with the boss and manipulated him. I’m sure they laughed at my portfolio too.
I sat at home staring at the several tubes of scrubs and cleansers. That week I only ate porridge in order to control my weight. It was during that time I scrubbed off the top layer of my nose.
If you had gently blown on my skin you would have seen flakes spiral through the air.
Few days ago the scrub made my left cheek invisible. And it wasn't long until the rest of my body disappeared.
Hey friend, don't worry, I'm out of that world now. It's fine,
it really is.
Like I said, these days I go wherever I choose without anyone scrutinizing me.
No more harsh comments, or people looking strangely at my nose, my waist or stomach.
Eventually canary birds fly out of the black coal mine; tainted wings or not.