MIRROR, MIRROR

By Razan Mostafa

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Mirror, tell me

Who’s the fairest of them all?

Is it me?

Could it possibly be me?

I take a look at myself

But I don’t see me

I don’t see my perfections

I am blinded from my own beauty

Mirror, Mirror on the wall

Why do you blind me from true beauty?

Why do you make me underestimate myself?

Why do you do this to me?

When I look at my reflection

I can only see my blemishes

My pores

My wrinkles

My flaws

Why am I so “ugly”?

I’m not pretty

I don’t feel beautiful

Mirror, Mirror on the wall

Who’s the prettiest of them all?

I know

It’s not me

It will never be me

When I take a look at myself

You help me see everything that I’m not

I am not pretty

I am not skinny

I am not curvy

I am not sexy

Mirror, Mirror on the wall

Am I perfect enough?

The concept of me

Who I truly am

Isn’t that enough?

Or is it nothing?

When people take a look at me

They don’t see all the things that I don’t have

They see my imperfect perfections

They see who I truly am

The concept of me

Is more that just looks and curves

It’s my personality

My laughter

My smile

My kind heart

My powerful mind

My intelligence

My words

And my actions

Mirror, Mirror on the wall

Who’s beautiful?

I don’t know anymore

The definition of true beauty is not what society expects from us anymore

Only now it has limited us to unattainable beauty standards

I have failed trying to reach these expectations

I have failed to become pretty

Mirror, Mirror on the wall

Thank you

Thank you for making me believe I’m hopeless

That I’m unattractive

Thank you for being straightforward

Thank you for helping me realize that outer beauty is what really matters

Thank you for helping me monitor my body every time I look at myself

Thank you for making me feel uncomfortably ugly in my own skin

Thank you for making me feel ashamed of how I look

Thank you for helping me understand that you’re wrong about everything

Mirror, Mirror on the wall

Am I beautiful?

I am not pretty

But I am beautiful

Inside and out

I am special

I am gifted

I am everything that’s true..that’s real

I am human

I will not take your criticism..your judgement

You don’t know me

I am beautiful

I truly believe I am

And you can’t stop me

I am a shining star in the clear midnight sky

I am an unbreakable diamond

You can never shatter.