L'ODE SUR LA PEAU SENSIBLE

Walking down these
        Paris streets
Reminds me of a line
        from Keats,
That lying truth-is-beauty scam
        (Poetry’s gorillagram):
The idiot savant
        Of such a rule
Must have gone
        To beauty school:
But if his witty rhyme
        Is right
(And the intellect
        Is based on sight),
The reality is that youth
        Must have makeup
On its truth -
        Le raffermissement
Du buste
        Au lieu de
Marcel Proust.