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Glass Battle Ground
by: Cassie

I stared at the ugly face
Watching me from the other side of the mirror
Taunting, laughing, rubbing in my failure
Showing me what it looks like to fall short

She told me I should pay
In blood, that was the only way
So I took a piece of glass
And offered up my heavy debt

I smiled at her repulsiveness
And vowed to make her quickly disappear
It was too much for a soul to take
When she leered with that fat face and empty grin

She held up a pair of scissors
And dared me to make the cut
Maybe this one will be better than the last
But it is never enough for her, or me

I told her she could vanish
Into a world of invisibility and stupor
Where the body only gets smaller
And she could never make it swell

She looked me in the eye
And said, "You silly, stupid girl
I will always be here to show you your flaws"
Why did she make me see the truth?

I cried for myself, not the girl in the mirror
She just shook her chubby head
And told me again to find something sharp
To start what she knew I could never finish

She was a cruel angel
Displaying the reality of our lives
Joined in the sickening, weighty flesh
Doomed to continue our watching

©2002 Cassie. Reprinted with Permission.

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