(March 30,1987 / Buffalo, New York)

Another Girl Robbed Of Her Esteem (When Will The Nightmare End?)

The demon takes shelter in her fear.
It awakens just prior to her slumber,
takes a hatchet to her insides,
and leaves her vulnerable in the night!

The jarring sounds from the outside
grow loud; none of them familiar.
She shakes in her striped tube socks
and slowly shrinks beneath her sheets.

Her world has almost tripled in size;
She is left to fend for herself.
Her voice has grown high-pitched
and her escape route is a dead end.

Her demon disappears in the darkness.
Its reflection hides in her bed.
Her demon? Her mirror image.
Her fear? She’s not beautiful.
But she is beautiful; inside and out.
But she’ll never know; She reads Cosmo!

by Michael Fischer

Comments (13)

I wonder if it's stranger that a man doesn't wear lipstick than that a woman does?
Fierce write and suburb imagery!
Glamour and fashion girls as well as men shown in TV, commercials and in fashion magazines set unrealistic standard for common people and they feel frustrated when they find that they are not measuring to the standard. It creates fear in them and kill their spirit.It is the price of modern life that we are suffering.
Inside and outside; but, faced with the muse of life. Nice work.
Such truth expressed here. Not just Cosmo, but other magazines and ads on TV, etc. Well done!
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