She laughs and loves
Because that is who she truly is.
But she cares too much
about every one else’s opinions.
Wash away that smile and beneath
you can see her worries are tearing her apart.
Each little reflection danced around in her head
digging in her mind and filling the holes with gloomy poison.
She walked fast through the hallways
trying hard to avoid them all.
They said she was pretty and she almost believed it
but her thoughts told her lies that kept winning.
She knew that she couldn't take it anymore
the sad empty feeling that had kept her up at night.
Her life was precious
but she didn't know it.
Too brainwashed by the society
that told her she wasn't good enough.
Thankful, she listened to the strong voices
in her life that led her north
Learning it was okay to cry
every once in a while.
She now runs to get to her happy place
her thoughts are finally silent.
Achieving goals brought her so much joy,
she was so much better than what she had believed.
She smiles now because a boy
said he loved every single one of her freckles.
He likes her better without makeup
and she learns love, happiness, and joy.
She started to notice those little somethings
and they put her back into one piece.
She is truly happy and accepts herself,
realizing she is loved.