Society's Puppet-Slave

July 26, 2010
Tie strings to my back,
And Legs
Tell me what to do, and where to go next
Shove a magazine picture in my face
Tell me that this is what I should look like,
This is what I should be like,
...right here on this page
Tell me that the anorexic, blonde chick is the definition of beauty
Tell me that I'm ugly,
Tell me that I'm wrong,
Tell me lies.

Try to change my hair,
My clothes,
My personality
I refuse; I don't let you
Tell me that flaws are not reality
I want to stay different
Call me a b****,
A s***,
And an undeserving liar.
Tell me that I need to burn in hell
And live in fire.

Harrass me,
Call me names,
Because I am not the same
I get overwhelmed.
I can no longer live this way,
Tighten the belt around my neck,
Cover my head with a paper bag,
Listen to my heavy breathing,
Look down at my moving chest.
Let five minutes pass
Until my chest no longer moves,
Until my breathing is no longer heavy is silent

Look at me through different eyes
Tell me that I'm perfect
Tell me that my flaws no longer exist
Tell me that the girl in the magazine is fake
Tell me that photo editing changed her, as a matter of fact
Tell me that she is really fat,
Tell me that her hair is actually brown
Tell me I am beautiful,
Tell me I'm perfect,
Tell me I don't need to change
Tell me that I am no longer,
Society's Puppet-Slave.

Tell me the truth...

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KenzieAnn said...
Apr. 4, 2014 at 10:20 am
Hi Kristyn! I am performing your piece for as a spoken word on my speech team. I have a few questions, can you email me? I would greatly appericate!
mcbob_kool said...
Aug. 17, 2010 at 3:44 am

I really like this poem. The flow was steady and the vocabulary was powerful. I think many people have felt this way, which is just another plus.

Check out my new poem?

LuvKirstyn14 replied...
Aug. 17, 2010 at 12:52 pm
thanxz so much. that's the reaction i was going for and i wanted ppl who have gone through this, to be able to relate to it... k , will do :)
asiangurl said...
Aug. 2, 2010 at 9:24 pm
i luv it....very well done. u are way better than me
LuvKirstyn14 replied...
Aug. 3, 2010 at 12:16 am
thnxz so much. aww, well just keep working at it. dont quit! :)
LastChapter said...
Aug. 2, 2010 at 9:21 pm
i really liked this one! nice!
LuvKirstyn14 replied...
Aug. 3, 2010 at 12:14 am
thank u! i appreciate it :)
WackyJackie said...
Aug. 2, 2010 at 5:26 pm
I loved this. So true.
LuvKirstyn14 replied...
Aug. 2, 2010 at 9:09 pm
thnxz so much !
rawraphobia said...
Aug. 2, 2010 at 2:31 pm
This is excellent! It is very true with society today.   I love the puppet analogy.
LuvKirstyn14 replied...
Aug. 2, 2010 at 9:08 pm
thnxz so much
fireflynight said...
Aug. 2, 2010 at 11:12 am
This would be a good poem for girls with issues about how they don't look like that perfect girl on the cover of the magazine. I like the puppet analogy, too.
LuvKirstyn14 replied...
Aug. 2, 2010 at 12:26 pm
exactly, thank u !
katiepickelsimer This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Aug. 2, 2010 at 1:52 am
This is a great poem that stands up for itself. Really good:)
LuvKirstyn14 replied...
Aug. 2, 2010 at 12:24 pm
thank u so much !
Danica said...
Aug. 1, 2010 at 12:12 am
This is great! Really powerful.  I love your repetition of 'tell me."  I'd love your opinion on my work if you get the chance!
LuvKirstyn14 replied...
Aug. 1, 2010 at 11:55 am
thanxz so much! k, i will :)
Egyptiangirl13 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jul. 31, 2010 at 7:24 am
Wow. this is absoultley and completley true! and you put it in such a good way!! really really good job:) please check out some of my work when you get the chance! i think you  might like 'words unspoken'.
LuvKirstyn14 replied...
Jul. 31, 2010 at 8:44 am
thanxz so much! ok, i will :)
Evanola said...
Jul. 29, 2010 at 5:15 pm
Excellent poem.  I hate what the media is making girls think of themselves this way...and this really puts the problem into harsh perspective.
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