She looked at herself

not to see who she was,

but who she thought she should be.

She looked at herself

and found that she was

not what she wanted.

So she packed herself away

in a musty box and

painted the outside with a rosy glow.

People told her she was beautiful;

you’re talented, smart, and wonderful! They’d claim.

But she didn’t believe it

because she knew all they saw

was the paint on the box

and they didn’t know

that the box was her well-disguised shame.


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