There once was a young girl with blue eyes
Who wore her soft blond hair
In braided pigtails.
At the age of seven,
She watched her older sister
Stand in front of the mirror with a disgusted face..
Neither of them ate breakfast that morning.
At the age of nine,
She watched her older brother
Make fun of a girl with glasses for reading on the bus..
She went home and hid her glasses and all her books in the
At the age of twelve,
She watched the older girls at school
With straight hair and short skirts
Put makeup on in the bathroom
And discuss how boys would only like you
If you looked perfect, like them..
The next day she arrived with red lips, short shorts and no
At the age fourteen,
She watched her father hit her mother.
Her mother cried when she saw her standing in the doorway
And told her Daddy didn't mean it..
The next year, she told herself that her boyfriend didn't
mean it either.
At the age of nearly 15,
She was paper thin and empty
With straight blond hair, red lips, purple flesh and lifeless
While staring at her reflection in the bathroom mirror
She thought to herself,
"At least I'm normal."