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The Beauty Shell

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Think Beyoncé’s “Lemonade”

Belle as beast
Eel as style

Bats testy
Best lastly

Bluely astute — 
as bull
as beetle
as Bey
as butte

Beauty as lute
   thus beauty as lush

Late lethal
Lust salty

She’ll eye
She’ll tally

Yes stately yet stealth
Yes steely yet sly

Hey lathe — 
   [she taut]

Hey sleuth — 
   [she tale]

He heel
He that

She bluesy
She ballsy

She byte
She shall

Source: Poetry (May 2017)

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