The Fairest This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

June 16, 2010
Mirror, mirror on the wall
Make her skinny, make her tall
Change the way she does her hair
Dye it blonde
Put highlights there

Mirror, mirror, take her youth
Wrap it in some made-up truth
Hide her face behind a mask
Of paint and powder, then
Conceal her spirit in a plaster cast

Mirror, mirror, steal her style
Plot and scheme, lie and beguile
Tell her what “true beauty” is
Define her worth
By what Cosmo says

Mirror, mirror, watch her stand
On the scale with pill in hand
Watch her curb her appetite
Then watch her lie and say,
“Can't eat another bite!”

Mirror, mirror, slice her up
Tell her she's not good enough
Change her nose, change her smile
But do not mention that
Beauty fades after a short while

Mirror, mirror, do you see this girl?
Torn to pieces by the world?
Stretched and squeezed into a mold
She'll never fit into
Despite what she's been told

Mirror, mirror on the wall
Who's the fairest one of all?
Look at those whose beauty has passed
And tell them the truth;
That inner beauty is what really lasts

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.

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ShankssYuLater said...
Nov. 23, 2010 at 8:48 am
This is so beautiful, and has such meaning...I love it.
ShankssYuLater replied...
Nov. 24, 2010 at 6:57 pm
Not a problem, um do yu Have any other pieces?
kiwi12 said...
Aug. 14, 2010 at 3:12 pm
This is absolutely amazing.  The story flows perfectly, it rhymes, the rhythm is fantastic! I LOVE THIS POEM.
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