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mirror, mirror

April 15, 2022
By saralychee SILVER, Sacramento, California
saralychee SILVER, Sacramento, California
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glass pools and pulls in ripples

that stretch down in shards of 

me, puzzle pieces crooked and crossed 

in hues of memories too few 

captured within room of the perfect girl 

who no one really knew


hold my hand, my ebony hair

where the delicate tresses cradle the face

of misery, stained in shameful silence 

who are you to speak when you have everything?


on the wall

so let the river run down red lips

let their voices rise in rumors

a new era Psyche, plasticized and vilified

in the name of beauty, why have humans become so ugly?



my body, my choice

but could that be a bigger lie?

for society knows that only the young and beautiful survive

yet tormented by restless seas- hands that seize

to mar the mirror’s beauty, the truth is never easy

bodies broken by filters bleed 

sometimes in ways we all fail or pretend not to see

the ugly behind the beauty and all the average in between 

the fairest of them all

who wins in a losing game?

where cards of wage are cast and curtailed by age

you cannot measure a model’s worth in inches

of heels, hearts and glass broken, why not glass ceilings 

you cannot compare Psyche’s psyche to Aphrodite’s

goddess or mere mortal, hanger or a heart, girl or a guise in the mirror

choose your reflection  


The author's comments:

This piece reflects my thoughts looking into the mirror, the internal struggle between self hatred and acceptance and external struggles with societal hatred and acceptance. It’s a bit chaotic but still semi-structured with the subheadings and representative of how the perfect image we often see in Disney princesses (Snow White was the inspiration) and on Instagram is distorted. I hope by reading this you find some solace in your self and know you’re a beautiful human who is not alone:) 

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Afra DIAMOND said...
on Jun. 8 at 8:35 am
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"A writer must never be short of ideas."
-Gabriel Agreste- (Fictional character- Miraculous)

"A Bridge Has Two Sides."
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β€œI knew who I was as a girl but I had to find who I was as a woman.”
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