Pretty Ugly

This next poem by Abdullah Shoaib can be read two ways. First read from top to bottom, then from bottom to top. It’s brilliant.

Pretty Ugly

I’m very ugly
So don’t try to convince me that
I am a very beautiful person
Because at the end of the day
I hate myself in every single way
And I’m not going to lie to myself by saying
There is beauty inside of me that matters
So rest assured I will remind myself
That I am a worthless, terrible person
And nothing you say will make me believe
I still deserve love
Because no matter what
I am not good enough to be loved
And I am in no position to believe that
beauty does exist within me
Because whenever I look in the mirror I always think
Am I as ugly as people say?

Abdullah Shoaib


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