FINDING WISDOM

Written by: Madelin Barton

I look in the mirror afraid to blink
Refusing to believe the image
Staring back at me is me
Wondering if this is the only thing 
Anyone else sees
Dark brown hair
Slowly fading to shades of gray
A shell that once cradled curvy hips
Now slums and hides through elastic strips.
Vibrant eyes that once gleamed 
No longer quick
Convictions laid at rest
A tired body that can attest to
How mind boggling self image truly is
Beauty isn't the curve
Where the leg is forced to rest on
Nor is it defined by the ogling of
An overexposed chest
True beauty is the story behind 
The image; The quiet resilience 
That truth we hide and refuse to embrace
I lost my youth but found my wisdom
Because I know what matters most
Now, I am simply a woman
Each and everyone of us is beautiful in our own way