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She looks in the mirror
And she sheds a small tear
She’s anything but clueless
Her body isn’t a new mess
She has short, bitten nails
Her makeup job fails
She sees her scarring zits
They match her cracked lips
Her curves have grown in all the wrong places
She knows she’s laughed at by everyone she faces
Her braces are gone but her smile isn’t right
Her hair is tangled, it looks like she lost the fight
She’s short for her age, but her nose is long like a bird’s
Her glasses are designer, but she still feels like a nerd

She’s as imperfect as you can possibly get
But yet
When he looks at her
He knows she’s beautiful.

She’s made many mistakes
She’s acted like a fake
She’s cost her parents too much money
She’s told jokes that just weren’t funny
She’s failed a test or two,
And misused the words “I love you”

She’s as imperfect as you can possibly get
But yet
When he looks at her
He knows she’s beautiful.

She looks at the other girls
Flashing their diamonds and pearls
Their hair is as soft as silk
She’s jealous of how they’re built
They’re tall and lean
A little bit mean
And probably have discouraging fun
But she’d give anything to become one

Because even though she’s as imperfect as you can possibly get
She doesn’t know what he knows
She doesn’t know she’s beautiful.



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ksprague said...
Nov. 4, 2010 at 9:20 pm:
Jessi - this is really incredible, I wish I had seen this email sooner.  Please share more, love.
 
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Polly said...
Sept. 3, 2010 at 12:46 pm:
A lovely poem, this is a gift from God, keep using this gift. and by the way you need to get a manager.(Smile)  It is really true about teenage girls, they do not realize how beautiful they are.  Bless you and keep writing.
 
jward24895 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Sept. 3, 2010 at 2:54 pm :
Thank you so much :)
 
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Rev Dale said...
Sept. 3, 2010 at 11:28 am:
This was a great poem and tell us a lot about what teens face today and what parents need to be saying to our teens about how proud we are of them and that they are beautiful.
 
jward24895 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Sept. 3, 2010 at 2:55 pm :
Thank you. And that's so true about parents..
 
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PeppermintPatty said...
Sept. 3, 2010 at 7:45 am:
I am sooooooo sorry.  I love your poems and when I went to rate She's Beautiful it only gave you 2 stars and I wanted 5 stars.  I don't know how to change it.
 
jward24895 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Sept. 3, 2010 at 9:12 am :
Aww, it's alright I did that too. You can't change it until the next day but you can give me 5 tomorrow. Thank you for rating :)
 
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Andrew said...
Sept. 2, 2010 at 2:20 pm:
I liked it.
 
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Nora said...
Aug. 31, 2010 at 3:30 pm:
Wow, you really have a "way with words":)  Very inspiring:)
 
jward24895 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Sept. 3, 2010 at 9:13 am :
Thank you very much :)
 
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dianeys73 said...
Aug. 30, 2010 at 9:34 pm:
This brought tears to  my eyes, it reminded me of me.  Thank you for the beauty of these words.
 
jward24895 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Aug. 31, 2010 at 10:24 am :
Aww Thank You :)
 
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acf123 said...
Aug. 29, 2010 at 6:30 pm:
Well written and thought provoking.
 
jward24895 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Aug. 29, 2010 at 7:06 pm :
Thank youu :)
 
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trudy said...
Aug. 28, 2010 at 3:06 pm:
Love the poem. So proud of you.
 
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Kayla said...
Aug. 27, 2010 at 5:51 pm:
Very nice poem, way to go Jess
 
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haley said...
Aug. 26, 2010 at 10:45 am:
That's great! And I would give you some of my height but i don't know how to! Ha. Love ya.
 
jward24895 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Aug. 26, 2010 at 10:46 am :
Haha thanks :)
 
Colleen replied...
Aug. 29, 2010 at 12:21 pm :
Love the poem, very well written and applicable to so many!! Great job! Can't wait to see what else you have done!
 
jward24895 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Aug. 29, 2010 at 5:45 pm :
Thank you very much :)
 
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