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I take a long, hard look into the mirror
And wish the image was a little more clear.
The girl inside returns my stare;
We have the same eyes, lips, and hair,
But I want to see the aspects to which others are blind—
What goes on in her mind?

Is there a storm brewing behind those blue eyes,
Or is there a gentle ocean beneath clear skies?
Is she plagued by nightmares?
Does she wonder if anybody cares?
I sigh and run my fingers through my curly locks—
Every movement she mocks.

Who is this girl?
Is she a common rock or a precious pearl?
Does she harvest greed
Or help those in need?
Does she hide behind her tears,
Or does she conquer her fears?

I reach out to touch the surface that shines;
Her fingertips press against mine.
Does she seek love and affection,
Or does she shy away from attention?
Can she sing like the caged bird?
Does she simply want to be heard?

Can she accept reality,
Or will she embrace insanity?
Can she have a fresh start?
Will she follow her heart?
I take a ragged breath and begin to cry;
Who is she—Who am I?

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Chr1st1na said...
today at 6:14 pm
I'm doing a project on this poem and I was wondering if someone could please tell me the author's real name?
OneOfTheNephilim said...
Feb. 22 at 6:19 pm
this is so amazing! i loved this poem, honestly i felt like i was the girl in the mirror. you have such amazing talent!
Ajapril said...
May 7, 2015 at 9:49 pm
This is a really great poem.
intermissi0n This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Feb. 13, 2015 at 9:22 am
I really liked this piece! Very self expressive.
The_Quiet_Girl replied...
Mar. 7, 2015 at 8:12 am
Thank you (:
loverfromnathilexx said...
Dec. 8, 2014 at 9:41 am
I like your masterpiece. You really helped me with my project!!!!
The_Quiet_Girl replied...
Mar. 7, 2015 at 8:12 am
Thank you :) Glad I could help!
Care_Btvs said...
Mar. 10, 2013 at 8:09 pm
Your piece is very beautiful and self expressive, keep on writing.  
The_Quiet_Girl replied...
Mar. 11, 2013 at 10:26 am
Thank you :)
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