Poem: Girl at Mirror

Young lady picks up two different
Magazines:
Essence and Cosmopolitan.
Young lady knows that these covers
Are not mirrors,
But young lady wishes they are.

Young lady wishes she could choose one.

But her skin is too light for
Lupita’s chocolate.
But her skin is too dark for
Emma’s vanilla.
According to her friends,
Hardly anyone finds caramel tasty.

Young lady wishes she could choose one.

She stands in front of her mirror
As Lupita and Emma’s smile
Gleam at her with red lips,
White teeth,
And skin as glossy as
The smooth pages they live in.

Young lady wishes she could choose one.

She hid mommy’s red lipstick
In her bathroom drawer
To try on herself…
Has mommy ever felt this way?
Mommy is just as caramel as young lady.
Does Mommy have the same wish?

Young lady wishes she could choose one.

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