Norhan Qasem, Contributor
You are ugly and unaesthetic
and it is a lie to say that
you are not simply pathetic.
The truth is that
beauty can’t be defined in different ways
it is nonsense to presume that
from what you choose to reveal,
from what you choose to hide,
we are considerate of how you feel.
You are simply a piece of meat
and it is absurd to believe that
you are more than flesh we can eat.
You can’t speak up for yourself at all
and I strongly doubt
you might say something useful over all.
You are a commodity
and it is foolish to think that
you have value and dignity.
There is no need for your existence,
and it would be ridiculous to believe
there are people out there who need your assistance.
You should just disappear,
don’t listen to anyone who says
you should always be close or near.
Your value is equivalent to absolutely nothing
and you should deliberately ignore people who say
You are worth something.
Your physique is what is truly essential
don’t let anyone tell you
your personality is far more influential.
Go ahead and cover your face with a cake
and don’t listen to those who lie and say
you should respect yourself, for you’re more beautiful without the bake.
You should dress to impress societal norms
and forget the idea that
you should have a sense of shame in different modest forms.
Enslave yourself to our styles and trends,
and you should never
surround yourself with positive supportive friends.
You should advocate for the advertising industry
for selling products through your physical appearance explicitly
and neglect anyone who says that
You should guard yourself with dignity
as well as cherishing your identity.
You are you, based on your apparent externality
and don’t let anyone tell you that
your beauty is based on your own ideology.
(read the poem in reverse)
This article was originally published in the October 11, 2019 issue.