She’s prettier than me
Prettier, they all agree
So many everyday beauty queens
Everybody! Everybody but me
Catching his gaze easily
A vision to be seen
Her shining hair and perfect body
Wide eyes of blue, brown, or green
She walks a steady, graceful gait
Her smile is broad and straight
So lovely, people stop and stare
Her kind is everywhere
Where does that leave a girl like me—
With the other “noteworthy” qualities?
“She’s so funny; she’s so smart”
“Such a nice girl, with such a big heart”
Will that make him look my way?
Or fantasize that I’m his perfect date?
No, she has his attention for keeps
And my “big heart” weeps
I war against the mirror
My reflection staring back in fear…
They’re all so pretty,
Prettier than me
Featured in Everyday Women
This is something I wrote a while back but finally got around to putting on Red Bubble.
I wrote this to capture how a woman can feel so insecure in our culture of magazine beauty queens. It can eventually get to the point where one thinks that everyone but the self better fits the Hollywood standard of beauty. When so much emphasis is place on the physical attractiveness of a woman, it’s very hard to believe that other compliments are worthwhile in attracting and keeping a man.
For me personally, the “steady, graceful gait” in the poem holds a personal meaning, because I have a disability that impairs my balance.