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You call me ugly.
Fat.
Useless.
Your words rain on me relentlessly.
They cascade down my back,
In an endless shower—
With no perceivable limits.

Yet I have no umbrella.

I have no means of protecting myself against this storm
Of unyielding emotions.
I possess no durable shell of armor
That you could seek to crack.

I am defenseless, and that brings you joy.

But over time, I find my own core hardening.
I find myself growing used to
Your meaningless words.

Your cruelty.
Your selfishness.
Your insecurities.

They begin to no longer affect me,
As I am no longer a victim.
I am strong.
I can forge my own defenses.

I am now holding an umbrella.

Now, when you say that I am ugly,
I know that I am beautiful.

When you say that I am fat,
I know that I am healthy.

When you call me useless,
I know that I have more uses than you.

So, the next time you deign to speak to me,
To utter those seemingly hurtful words—
Remember.

Your insults are my compliments.
And they only make me stronger.




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ThePoetryQueen said...
Aug. 12, 2012 at 4:42 pm:
I really enjoyed this. I don't usually like poems that don't rhyme because they don't keep my interest but I really enjoyed this! 5 stars!!
 
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so_joyThis 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...
Aug. 11, 2012 at 8:39 pm:
I absolutely love this! It's so true-"What doesn't kill you makes you stronger". Amazingly written. Added this to my favorites. Please read, rate, and comment on my poems! Thanks!
 
juicyfan6 replied...
Aug. 12, 2012 at 3:35 pm :
Thank you! And I'll definitely check out your poems! :)  
 
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