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She caught them staring once again
at her skirt and plain brown shoes
and that bushy hair a mess so black
and obvious braces too

who wouldn't stare she thought herself
i'm as ugly as can be
amazing as it is though
why bother staring at me?

they smirk and laugh as she passes
by their lockers every day
they tease and taunt 'til the pain
makes her want to run away

color rises in her cheeks
at least they're rosy now, she thinks
eyes on the floor and books in hand
tears pushed back as she blinks

slowly she makes her way to class
and takes her seat at the back
away from all the stuck-up teens
will they ever cut her some slack?

she spends lunch in the ladies room
and eats in lonely hell
there's laughter, love and life outside
only silenced by the bell

there's no hope for her, she knows
she'll never have that hair
that yellow, red, or pretty brown
so sleek and brushed with care

and the color of her tiny eyes
is nothing like the sky
or pretty trees and fire-smoke
but simple brown and shy

so finally when the last bell rings
she walks out the gate with a sigh
all the sneers and snorts and lonely times
mean just another day gone by

but away from her tragic high school mess
she sits and reviews the day
and when the tears begin to come
she kneels down to pray

i feel so truly blessed, she says
so thank you, God, for it all,
the house i'm in and the trees outside
for sunshine, rain, and fall

and thank you, God, she says again
for the blessings in disguise
the patience gained and lessons learned
from the little things in life

like whether someone likes my hair
or the way i like to dress
and the way they choose to deal with it
is their own personal mess

then with a look in the mirror she says to herself
while her eyes no longer sting
no matter what they see and what they say
I wouldn't change a thing

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Godinspiresher43This teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. said...
Mar. 2 at 6:30 pm:
This is a fabulous poem. You are an amazing writer! Keep up the good work! :)
 
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Girl.With.Issues said...
Apr. 16, 2013 at 5:38 pm:
This is beautiful and so inspiring. The words flow with ease and they just put an instant smile on my face.
 
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HagenDazzleThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. said...
Jan. 29, 2012 at 12:51 am:
This is really beautiful and thought provoking! May I ask where you got the idea? Check out some of my artwork:) and keep up the great work!
 
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Lexie96 said...
Nov. 5, 2011 at 4:50 pm:

This is pretty darn good, and I personally found it pretty relatable. Well-written, though some parts seemed to be a little forced, I liked it.

Check out my stuff sometime?

 
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ayeshamuzaffar This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Sept. 19, 2011 at 3:07 am:
You've got some talent. I really like your work. It's amazing.
 
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emmadilemma said...
Jan. 16, 2011 at 5:07 pm:
Amazingly true with the sweetest twist. You definitely capture the pain amoung most girls this age and the fact that she realized how blessed she is was really great. Overall really nice work!
 
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iWriteToExpressThouqhts said...
Aug. 4, 2010 at 5:39 pm:

wow , this is deff going on my favorites ! fantastic work ! I loved every single line , it speaks truth ! one again , fantastic work keep it up , dont stop writing .

please check out my work :) thanks

 
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Jellybean9898 said...
Jul. 1, 2010 at 4:07 pm:
this is one of my most favorite poems ever.  you are so inspiring and the poem almost made me cry.  but then i smiled, because you know what?  you r right.  who cares or should care about superficial things like that?  and you are right in saying that God makes up for all the suckishness of the world in the little things.  i hope you post more work.  u r an amazing writer.
 
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GleekNOTGeek said...
Nov. 24, 2009 at 10:06 pm:
I Love this poem. Good work!
 
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Lemon said...
Nov. 17, 2009 at 8:19 am:
This poem has a good concept but the rhyming is kind of forced in some parts and its a little preachy... but it could be really good.
 
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OutcastGirl1994 said...
Nov. 11, 2009 at 1:07 pm:
This poem kinda makes you think; how often does this truly happen... Kudos to you; I love the poem.
 
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CupCake023 said...
Nov. 5, 2009 at 7:23 am:
this reminds me of my younger years. When i was in grade school i got picked on bc I had bushy red hair, and wore glasses that was out of date. I also wore clothes that they called gramma clothes bc they were big and baggy. It was hard but then one day I grew out of that stage and now to look at me now to then you'd be shocked how much time changes a person... lets just say when I entered 6th grade my grade was shocked =D
 
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Farah B. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jul. 9, 2009 at 8:38 am:
thank you =]
 
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Kassy G. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jul. 6, 2009 at 2:53 am:
I LOVE this!!!
 
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