Beautiful Doesn’t Lie 

Brilliant, powerful writing from Stephanie Bennett-Henry

Stephanie Bennett-Henry

The mirror, the ugly mirror,

it lies all day when it looks at me.

Judges me with a reflection of

laughter, shards of disgust.

Or it’s the people, all the people,

patronizing me with condescending

tongues, and eyes that cannot

be seeing the same as the mirror.

It cuts into me like stares that

stab my soul with every gaze,

and I don’t know how to make it

stop. I am not seeing myself in

the same light as the mirror,

the people, the blind reflection.

But maybe it’s me who’s lying.

Maybe I am the one who never

learned to look at myself

without turning away, the same

way eye contact feels wrong.

That’s the truth, the guilty truth.

I missed the lesson somewhere

along the way about embracing

beauty. I missed out on embracing

a lot of things. But honestly,

the only guilt in the truth of it…

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