What if I Told You That You Are Ugly?

Would you sulk and dim the light of your countenance?
Would you slow your steps in uncertainty and fragility.
Would your head drop like that of a defeated hero?
What would you do?

How would your heart beat?
Would it be rhythmical, calm, sure?
Would your heart race in a desperate dance?
Or would it slow close to the beat of death?

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If I told you that you’re just not enough…
Would you blood still carry the color of love?
Would your eyes still hold the charm and the sparkle?
Would your brain still spark with the color of peace?
How would you be?

72 responses to “What if I Told You That You Are Ugly?”

  1. Most people get wiser as they get older. So if someone said to someone who isn’t a teenager that they are ugly, perhaps they would just shrug their shoulders and let it pass. It wouldn’t bother them. It reflects more on the person who said this, on their ugly thoughts.

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  2. I agree! In youth we don’t have the same emotional wherewithal as we do in our more experienced years. Thus we are easily influenced by what others say about us. Its only through life experiences that we learn that — Compliments should never go to our head and criticisms — never reach our heart.

    When you get old enough, you take with a grain of salt what others say about you because you know and are confident in who you are! Or, if you’re a grumpy old man like me? You simply just don’t give a damn about anyone’s petty criticisms anymore. Lol! 🥱

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  3. I smile. I always smile when a child tells mom that she is ugly as soon as her sensitive antennae hear the reproach. Instead for “not being enough” I understand that I am not the problem

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  4. Ohhh my! You are brilliant! I love this ….. it grabbed my attention …. by the way, my response ?
    I would continue to be me in full splendor and beauty. I would go on. I would live. I would LOVE. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

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  5. Mariana, I am reminded of the old taunts we used against each other in grade school. “I’m rubber. You’re glue. What’s on me bounces off and sticks to you!” and ” Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never harm me.”
    Of course, our words can hurt others, especially children. As adults, we have learned to evaluate incoming messages and not take everything to heart. We say, “Consider the source!”
    Thank you for the very well-written and thought-provoking poem! Cheryl

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    • Hello Cheryl. Thank you for the precious feedback.
      Indeed most young people especially teenagers have a rough time overcoming what people say about them.
      Older people are used to it. They know how to handle it.

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  6. Sometimes I feel ugly. Then I think, “So? Am I not allowed to be ugly? Plenty of ugly people walking around out there, I can be one of them too!” Hahaha

    In all seriousness, nice poem, and I like the image you chose with it. It goes well with the words 🙂

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  7. Lovely words. I echo the thoughts of others above. Completely depends on your own security. Your own sense of worth. The things we are most afraid of are our own insecurities reflected back at us. Thanks for this

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  8. Words still hurt at any age, but what we do come to realise as we get older is something Hand Christian Andersen wrote so long ago:

    “But what did he see in the clear stream below? His own image; no longer a dark, gray bird, ugly and disagreeable to look at, but a graceful and beautiful swan.”

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  9. In the end I guess it’s about the fact that beauty lies in the eyes if the beholder.
    Personally words do affect me so instantly I’ll feel down but I’ll just brush off the comment after few seconds and move on still considering myself handsome.


  10. Mariana….your writing makes me to think….however if one is synced with the pure Being….where Self unlinks from the things….then the answer is right there & you don’t need to even guess or to think….do you get what I just sprinkled?….I know most people listen to the noise of mind, which actually make ONE to shrink….only if we could listen to the HEART beat & the lyrics that it sings….

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