What do you see when you look at me?
when you value me based on societal concepts?
Do you see the way my eyes light up?
when I giggle and laugh over the stupidest things?
Or do you only see the fine lines radiating from my eyes;
the brackets from smiling around my mouth?
Would you care to know how long it took;
for me to stop covering my mouth when I laughed or smiled?
Did you see me in the dressing room, trying to find the right clothes?
the ones that I like, that I have chosen because they fit my form?
Are you aware of how long it took;
for me to look in the mirror and be proud?
I never was a Beauty Queen
I never won that award.
I flaunted my figure and used my wiles
so society would think I fit the norm.
It took me a long long time,
to be able to look in the mirror and see me
Beautiful and confident, in my own way
which is the one that society does deny.