Behind the Mask

31 Dec


I was always taught,
That eating was crucial
But only until
It made me fat.
That’s when “pretty”
Turned into “thin”
And beautiful became,
Reserved for models.
I was always taught,
The importance of truth
But when I was sad,
I was told to paint a smile.
That’s when “happy” became
An artificial smile
Sewn onto my face,
With invisible thread.
I was always taught,
To face my problems
But nobody warned me
That one day
My biggest problem
Would actually be,
My face.
That the girl in the mirror,
Would soon become
My worst enemy.
That I’d be left alone,
With a porcelain mask
Almost as fragile,
As me.

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One Response to “Behind the Mask”

  1. Chana January 5, 2014 at 3:55 pm #

    Thank you for giving a voice to self-image problems that we all face, regardless of gender or age. If we don’t talk about the issue, we can’t heal it.

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