Ugly

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I am ugly
See my faked facial expression
contorted into a
smile
my skin red hot with acne
wild
Greasy, unruly hair I haven’t washed
The lighting’s all wrong.
Don’t look at me.
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See
The dark hair on my upper lip
The bad angle and that double chin
My body shape
Too fat too thin
It’s real.
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Be
Disgusted by the smell of me
The stains on my dungarees
Blood clotted on my holed
Panties.
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The stubble on my woman’s leg
My dirty nails
And aching head.
Where does my woman’s value
truly rest
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I am not fit for your consumption
This body is a heresy
The God of Marketed Beauty bellows
“UGLY”.
Not fit for what you want from me.
Not fit for being touched or seen
I hide away but the magazines
still chide me.
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I have consumed the taglines
The headlines and the soundbites
“I’m worth it” if I act right
and preen.
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Why is it that I wasn’t born
photoshopped or waxed like porn
I’m tired and broke and dying
to conform.
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I am consumed by ugly
My every nook and cranny
Suffers from my abused
self-esteem.
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I have consumed the taglines
The headlines and the soundbites
It’s time I figured out
What’s really me.

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