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I look in the mirror
and know I should see beautiful,
but my beauty is covered by the red stains on my face.

I look down at my hands,
hoping they will tell me what caused this;
my blood stained hands display the battle I've been in.

Bruised knuckles,
black eyes,
broken bones.

This battle is daily,
victories without peace.

I'm told I should be beautiful,
people see it in my eyes,
but this unending war is disgracing me.

Copyright © Louise Picek

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  1. Date: 8/14/2012 10:36:00 AM
    This is a very good poem! Thanks for sharing! Jane xoxo

  1. Date: 7/16/2009 8:52:00 PM
    Hey Betty, this is a very sympathetic one. A precise yet heartrending piece. You are such a promising poet. Keep writing. Adeleke

  1. Date: 7/16/2009 8:42:00 PM
    i know how you feel. check out some of my poems