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Swan Skater

February 20, 2012
By writingisthevoice GOLD, Montville, New Jersey
writingisthevoice GOLD, Montville, New Jersey
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Favorite Quote:
"An eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind."

I watched her twirl and spin upon the ice
Landing on a sharp skate so nice and swift
She wouldn’t make a mistake more than twice
I stood mesmerized when she nailed her lift
Wanting and wishing to be perfection
The glitter shimmered over legs like sticks
I was sure, a skater I should have been
A face of determination through tricks
Yet still pretty and graceful like a swan
Don’t you wonder what price she paid for it?
I won’t starve myself until I am gone
It’s better not to trade away my wit
She was real, but should stay a fantasy
She suffered for that, it was plain to see

The author's comments:
The constant pressure to be perfect is ridiculous for teen girls. There should be no suffering for beauty because it is a natural thing that needs to be found inside ourselves. I hope this poem helps girls see past their "imperfections" and helps them find love for themselves instead.

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