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Define Beauty

By Suwen Liew

Beauty is a form of contradiction.

An eviction,

that leaves us staring at a reflection

which will never be good enough,

Because we’re too busy

Weighing ourselves

On a scale that says “fat”.

On a scale that lacks


Where waists have to be paper thin,

Where thighs have to be thinner than our skins,

Where tummies have to be flatter than sinking

Self esteems, that want to be

Clean of labels,

Instead of examined on tables

By the public eye.

Pieced apart by the spotlight

That want to burn off these imperfections,

Reconstruct our bodies

That leave us bare boned in flesh as

Society’s skeletons.


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