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Who is in my mirror?

August 9, 2022
By alissac123 SILVER, Apex, North Carolina
alissac123 SILVER, Apex, North Carolina
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Standing in front of a mirror

I observe  my dark brown skin

Filled with blemishes and hyperpigmentation

Lips dry, and cracked with no color

Eyelids too dark for any eyeshadow to be seen 

I must fix this

Grab the velvety smooth foundation in light beige

When I'm really a cappuccino 

Grab the baby pink gloss as if I´m a bratz doll

When I'm really more of a berrier shade

Grab blue eye contacts

When I'm really a dark brown


There, I am finished

But where am I

Looking at the same mirror

I do not see those dark spot of hyperpigmentation

Or cracked lips reflecting no pink

But I also don't see me

It's like I am a whole different person

A figure of what society likes to see

Porcelain fair skin

Absolute no signs of being normal

Big round lips, overglossed with shimmers

Colorful eyes as if neutral is too boring

I will not let society shape me

Grab the foundation in cappuccino

When I usually lean to light beige 

Grab the ripe berry matte lipstick share

When I usually lean to the light pink gloss

Remove those blue contacts

When I usually remove my clear ones

I will embrace my natural beauty

The author's comments:

Hi, my name is Amruta I. and I am currently a rising freshman and am 14 years old. My roots and heritage trace back to the small villages in South India, where my parents were born. As a Indian American teenager life has a lot of obstacles to offer to try and get me to give up on my culture, but whenever I feel that way poetry is who I go to. I release all my emotions into a poem and it is my way of coping with stress and all the feelings in me. I love that poetry is so diverse just like the world around us, and it allows us to express ourselves and create an impact. Besides writing poetry I also learn and perform Indian classical dance, also known as Bharatanatyam. I started learning Bharatanatyam at the tender age of four and it has grown to become a part of me. I am very passionate towards Indian classical dance as it's further connected me to my heritage.

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This article has 3 comments.

on Aug. 14 at 11:24 am
Egycal52 SILVER, --, California
6 articles 0 photos 112 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Hats off to the past, coats off to the future."
- American Proverb
"Why do you keep hiding behind your mask,
When even the scars formed by your mistakes
are you own constellations?"

You are so talented and this was so empowering.. I really have no words.

on Aug. 13 at 9:03 pm
ILiveToRead PLATINUM, Wailuku, Hawaii
24 articles 3 photos 149 comments

Favorite Quote:
"My music will tell you more about me than I ever will, don't ask me what i'm feeling, ask me what song am I listening to." "I think I'm afraid too be happy, because whenever I get to happy, something bad always happens."

Very nice. I like how despite how many people like to say that wearing makeup at all is hiding yourself, you decided to use makeup to enhance the features you already have.

Afra DIAMOND said...
on Aug. 13 at 5:15 am
Afra DIAMOND, Kandy, Other
81 articles 7 photos 1702 comments

Favorite Quote:
"You can’t ask other people to believe you and vote for you if you don’t back yourself."
-Jacinda Ardern-

"If I can make someone's day brighter, happier, better, that makes me happier."
-Ava Max-

"A writer must never be short of ideas."
-Gabriel Agreste- (Fictional character- Miraculous)

"A Bridge Has Two Sides."
-Elsa- (Fictional character- Frozen)

“I knew who I was as a girl but I had to find who I was as a woman.”
-Delta Goodrem-

Amruta, this was awe-inspiring!!!☆☆☆