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Your reflection in the mirror is
Smooth, placid, calm:
Beautiful, but you can’t look away,
And every moment that you continue
To gaze into the crystal glass mirror
Your image becomes tainted,
Splattered with imperfections,
Like black paint on a clean, white canvas.
You judge your appearance harshly
With a sharp razors edge
Searching for faults, that
Are beginning to make themselves
Painstakingly clear, and soon
You can’t see any beauty at all
In your reflection. All that’s left is
The ugly, the wrong, and the not good enough
That is left behind by an attempt at
Perfection.



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klutz16 said...
Mar. 17, 2010 at 11:01 pm:
ok, so your writing is amazing. there is something about the way that you write, and the words that you choose that just hit me. you are definatley one of my favourite poets on teenink!! this poem is incredibley awesome.
 
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TheUndiscoveredStar said...
Jan. 31, 2010 at 6:40 pm:
wow...this is amazing...so realistic to a normal teeneager and their true feelings of ones self...kudos to you
 
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RitaChristine This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Nov. 9, 2009 at 6:25 pm:
Wow! Good for you for writing about such a painful, but prevalent issue. It breaks my heart, but I‘m so glad that poetry like this can shed some light on touchy topics and bring some understanding.
 
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MayaChristine This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Oct. 27, 2009 at 1:47 pm:
Wow, absolutely true, I love it!
 
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Inkspired said...
Oct. 27, 2009 at 8:36 am:
This is spectacular! It's so true, and a great representation of what's happening to everyone these days, and normal isn't enough any more.
 
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Mystery_Girl said...
Oct. 27, 2009 at 8:11 am:
Wow, so true, so good.
 
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