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In the Mirror

I am unpredictable,

the variable,

the unknown quantity,

the chaos factor,

Chemical X.

 

My mother sees the daughter that is different,

the odd one out,

the black sheep,

the ugly duckling.

 

My sister sees a bully,

the bad sibling,

she can blame her for everything.

 

Teachers see a student,

sometimes spacey,

easily distractable,

but who works hard.

Very intelligent,

large vocabulary.

 

The psychiatrist sees misplaced anger,

trust issues,

hiding within a shell.

A girl of self-harm.

 

My friends see a laughing,

talking,

shopping,

tough,

fighting,

helping,

nurturing,

girl.

 

My father sees

well, I’m not sure who he sees,

but apparently, she makes him proud.

 

When I look in the mirror,

I see inside myself:

anger,

sadness,

pain,

fighting.

 

But on the outside,

I see friends,

happiness,

playing,

singing,

laughing.

 

I see a lie.




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Cat_Actual said...
Jan. 4 at 9:55 am
This had a few lines I enjoyed, however, I feel that it could use quite a bit of work. This is a very over-used subject matter. You have to work hard to make it your own. Don't tell me. Show me. This is decent, but I think you have potential to do better, less cliched material.
 
meleavvelenata This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
today at 5:58 am
Trust me, I know. This is like 5 years old, and part of me wants to take it down because Lord, I was angsty AF. I can say that my writing has improved significantly since then, though I don't post much on here anymore.
 
alwaysbrokenhearted said...
Oct. 16, 2011 at 5:20 pm
I love this! I'm sorry if this actually implies to you, but it's genius! Never stop writing! And I'm so tagging this as a favorite!
 
Elizabeth B. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Dec. 13, 2011 at 5:25 pm

Thank you!! 

 

 
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