a Poem by Raquel Swann

Imagine for me that you were perfect

in the eyes of others.

Your beauty was without question

but for some reason when you

gaze into a mirror

you didn’t feel the same.

You think you need to lose weight

or you wish your hair grew differently

or you desire your lips to be a bit more full

your breasts to be slightly larger or smaller

your eyes to be wider, your hips more toned

your legs more muscular, your tummy a bit tighter.

You know this feeling, don’t you?

It happens all the time, doesn’t it?

Others look upon you with fresh eyes

and hurl compliments like parade confetti

but it just doesn’t matter, does it?

Imagine looking into that very same mirror

and watching the wrong person stare back at you.

Imagine wanting everything you don’t have now.

Imagine praying you were the exact opposite of what you saw.

That’s how it feels.

Every day.

Every hour.

Every minute.

Every Second.

Do you understand?








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