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.
Do you understand?