A stick of something that sticks to your lips
And why would you want to stick something to your lips
Oils, waxes and a variety of colors
Hopefully no longer Cleopatra’s crushed bugs
Are you an upper class Elizabethan woman
Or a male actor portraying said woman.
Respectable ladies foreswore the practice
Bequeathing it to shameless and uncouth women of ill repute.
Denizens of the stage brushed on carmine dye
Created from creepy-crawlies living on cactus plants.
The Divine Sarah scandalously applied lipstick in public.
Aspiring to acceptability,
“Rouge for lips and cheeks”
in a catalogue by Sears Roebuck.
A true statement of patriotism
Rosie the Riveter with bright red lips.
Keep your courage high
and your lipstick handy.
Declare independence from your elders
A proclamation of your sexuality
Signaling you were “loose”
Or masquerading as Marilyn or Liz
Decreed in advertising
Redder than red
To “stay on you, not him.”
Lipstick declares your femininity
Makes a pig attractive
Links the victim with the suspect
Proclaims your uniqueness
Lift your spirits
Announces today’s attitude
Classic, mod, hippie, goth, glamour, punk
A tube or brush containing
A manifestation of your sovereignty
Bromo acid, D&C Red No 7, 21 and 34
Titanium dioxide, mica, silica, bismuth oxychloride
And maximum 20 parts per million of lead.