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Superficial Expectations

June 27, 2011
By LyricalBeauty GOLD, Fontana, California
LyricalBeauty GOLD, Fontana, California
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Favorite Quote:
" 'I am happy' that's just the saddest lie..."

"I think that all the silence is worse than all the violence. Fear is such a weak emotion, that's why I despise it..."

You judge me by the color of my skin,
Not by the contents of my soul.
Colored people can’t do this;
Only colored people can do that,
You tell me.

You judge me by the beauty on the outside,
Not by the beauty within.
“You’re not pretty enough”;
“You’re not skinny enough”;
“You’re not tall enough”;
I’m never enough.

You judge me by the my sex,
Not by my true abilities.
Only boys can do this;
Girls shouldn’t do that;
I’m not capable enough in your eyes.

But nothing you tell me is the truth.
You constantly feed me lies,
And you try to fool me into seeing them as facts.

The truth is: instead of discouraging me, and constantly putting me down,
You should be lifting me up
And not making me feel inferior to the rest of the world’s standards and stereotypes.
But instead, you feed them to me on a silver platter,
And you tell me they are the truth.

The author's comments:
Dedicated to everyone and anyone that's ever felt inferior to a stereotype.

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This article has 7 comments.

MusicIsLife said...
on Jul. 27 2011 at 3:30 pm
Beautiful. Well done ^_^

Mrs.Green said...
on Jul. 21 2011 at 10:34 am
Mrs.Green, Rialto, California
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Favorite Quote:
"When the power of love conquers the love of power, the world will be at peace."

That was soooooo beautiful ! :D I love how deep the meaning is; so great

on Jul. 21 2011 at 10:07 am
Jonah Awesome, Fontana, California
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Once again, you seem really strong willed =) I truly hope that your stuff make the magazine; I'd love to see this on solid printed paper :D Great job with the poem

on Jul. 21 2011 at 9:41 am
Abby Dugbartey, Fontana, California
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Absolutely beautiful. Deserves to be in the magazine ASAP!!!!

on Jul. 20 2011 at 1:35 pm
SaraPelivani GOLD, Clondalkin, Other
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Favorite Quote:
"To be or not to be" "The brain is wider than the sky" "Tell the truth but tell it slant"

That's pretty amazing, I've never read anything quite like this.

Anagam BRONZE said...
on Jul. 17 2011 at 9:37 am
Anagam BRONZE, Tulsa, Oklahoma
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This deserves 100 stars! I'm sure everyone has suffered because of strereotypes. I enjoyed reading this poem :)

SarahIsVegan said...
on Jul. 8 2011 at 3:49 pm
This is really good. I definitely get what you are saying. People are very superficial, but as long as YOU know how amazing you are, that's all that should matter :) Keep on writing, I would LOVE to see more!