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You have taken me,
Placed me in a pot
And melted me down into a big clump of
Low self-esteem.

You stir my contents,
Adding in the necessary ingredients –
A dash of self-hatred,
Sprinkle in the depression,
Just a few more tears –
Until you have me exactly the way
you want.

You let me simmer
Until every original part has
Evaporated into the air,
Steaming up your glasses.

All that is left is a
Disgusting concoction
That everyone is proud of
Except for me.

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.




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