Resting Bitch Face

My mom was right. My face did freeze like this.

Look happy, Baby.

It turns out; smiling when you’re happy just isn’t enough.

You’ve got that “I’m gonna kill you” look.

You’ve got to keep a damn grin spread across your face

You’d be prettier if you weren’t scowling.

all fucking day long

There’s a procedure called a ‘grin lift.’
It’s waaaay cheaper than Botox.
My mom got it done.
Now she doesn’t look unpleasant all of the time.

if you want to be a real woman.


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Jessica Wiseman Lawrence studied creative writing at Longwood University. You can find her recent work upcoming or published in Stoneboat, Origins, Black Fox Literary Magazine, and The Feminine Divine’s upcoming Anthology of Female Voices, along with many others. Additionally, one of her poems has recently earned a ‘Best of the Net’ nomination from Revolution John. She lives in rural central Virginia, where she is an office manager by day.

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