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Day 56: Beauty

You would be so pretty,
If you straightened your hair
You would be so pretty,
If you just wore some makeup
You would be so pretty,
If you walked like a lady
You would be so pretty,
If your skin weren’t so dark
You would be so pretty,
If you lost a few pounds

But Wait…

I would be so pretty.
If I stopped listening
I would be so pretty.
If I smiled at my reflection
I would be so pretty.
If I wore my own style
I would be so pretty.

But Then…

I would only be pretty
So keep your pretty petty words
Because
I am fresh, fierce and confident
I am me and I am beautiful

© Manivillie Kanagasabapathy

AN: I am ridiculously attached to this poem. I originally wrote this piece in March of 2011 and it was the one the reinvigorated my love of write. To be honest, It was the first real poem I had written since 2006. I was lucky enough to have this poem and others published in a writing anthology called Beyond the Journey: Women’s Stories of Settlement and Community Building in Canada in 2013.

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Attempting to discover more about myself and the world

3 thoughts on “Day 56: Beauty

  1. If only more women and men recognized the out downs of saying ” you would be so pretty .. but …”. This is a palpable message to all as a team I was told this but it was in reverse, if I had darker eyes, hair, skin … we cannot win if we say there is a narrow ideal, if we claim a woman’s value is in her prettiness. This is truly a revolutionary message. Excellent poem well worth repeating regularly.

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    1. Thank you so much for sharing your experience and for your words. I really appreciate them. I agree beauty is beauty with no qualifiers and no need to fit into a narrow view (that is always changing and making us feel like there is something wrong with us and not this system).

      Thank yo again 🙂

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      1. You are very, very welcome. Your poem is a marvelously comprised message of truths and hopefulness and I thought it was outstanding♡ (I for one, always wanted curly hair!!!)

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