Mirror, Mirror: A Poem about Body Misconceptions with Eating Disorders

mirror mirror on the wall : drawing of female sitting next to a mirror, looking away, appearing distraught

Mirror, mirror,

on the wall,

who is this girl?

I don’t recognize her at all.

Where is that light

that used to shine in her eyes?

She used to smile at herself

but now she only cries.

I wish she would stop

studying her reflection.

She’s so beautiful

but only sees imperfection.

Mirror, mirror,

on the wall,

who is this girl?

I don’t recognize her at all.

Hair that used to be thick

is now thinner than thread.

Skin the used to glow

is now so pale, she looks dead.

I wish she would stop.

She’s only bones and skin.

How doesn’t she see

that she’s become too thin?

Mirror, mirror,

on the wall,

who is this girl?

I don’t recognize her at all.

Image: Vin Ganapathy

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