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Mirror Mirror on the Wall

Updated: Nov 11

By Shanze Kareem

Photo by Amir Geshani on Unsplash

Mirror Mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all?

I stare at my reflection, and I know that I’m not perfection.

For I am a girl.

I am a brave, strong, generous, courageous, smart, funny, compassionate, creative girl.


But none of that matters.

It’s all about how I look, not what I am from the inside.

Mirror mirror on the wall, am I the fairest of them all?

Whatever I see, I swallow immediately.


Mirrors don’t lie.

They are truthful.

I look hideous, unappealing.

But most of all, I look afraid.

Afraid of what others will think of me

Will they talk about me and send me cold long stares as I walk through the halls?

Or will they call me awful names or laugh at my presence and stalk me to the bathroom stalls?


Some makeup can fix this face right?

All the girls use makeup to cover up their little flaws.

But I, I have too many flaws so I just gave up on that.


God, why did you have to make my cheeks so crooked?

God, why did you have to give me such plain brown eyes?

God, why did you have to make my stomach so flabby?

God, why did you have to grant me with so many split ends and frizzy hair?

God, why did you have to make me have dry skin filled with acne?

God, why did you have to give me such thin lips?

God, why did you have to give me such bushy eyebrows?

God, why do I hate me?


I stand here questioning myself staring at my insecurities through a mirror counting till I didn’t have any fingers left to count with.

Wailing.

Wishing.

Wanting.



I’m the leftovers people rot out in the fridge.

I’m the painting that is thrown out of a museum.

I’m the book that isn’t interesting enough to read.

I’m the lightbulb that is fused.

I’m the flowers you forget to water.

I’m the reflection I see in the mirror.


Mirror Mirror on the wall, why am I listening to you at all?

Mirror mirror on the wall, can’t you release the other side of me once and for all?

Mirror mirror on the wall, will you stop counting my flaws!


Never trust a mirror.

It only shows your skin.

It doesn't show you soul, heart, or personality.

Mirror mirror on the wall, I know all you care about is my appearance, but that's what you care about, not me.


The question isn’t: Mirror mirror on the wall, whos the fairest of them all?

It is: Mirror mirror on the wall, whos the bravest, strongest, most generous, courageous, smart, funny, compassionate person out there?


Me.


Mirror mirror on the wall, would you like to answer that question at all?

Look who’s afraid now.


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