Poets logo

Content warning

This story may contain sensitive material or discuss topics that some readers may find distressing. Reader discretion is advised. The views and opinions expressed in this story are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Vocal.

Mirror-Bound Disdain

My entry into the 'Smooth' challenge

By Amber BristowPublished 7 months ago Updated 7 months ago 1 min read
Mirror-Bound Disdain
Photo by Joeyy Lee on Unsplash

In the realm of beauty, a word we adore,

"Smooth" whispers softly, demanding more and more.

From skin so clear, to legs like silk,

Society's grip, leaves young hearts to wilt.

Girls purge the pain of standards askew,

In private rooms, their tears silently strew.

Mirror-bound, reflections fill with disdain,

Chasing the smoothness that causes such strain.

A flat stomach showcased, a mask for the crowd,

Smiles concealing an internal shroud.

Yet when they return home, tears still fall,

As society's standards continue to enthral.

In the mirror's gaze, harsh critics convene,

As blemishes dance, a cruel routine.

Body hair in sight, a battleground laid,

For natural growth, you're scornfully paid.

Layers pile on, a fortress to shield,

Yet acceptance remains a mystery concealed.

In this scripted play, of beauty's demand,

Smooth becomes a heavy, oppressive command.

But let us unravel the façade, be true,

Embrace the essence that makes us human, through and through.

social commentarysad poetry

About the Creator

Amber Bristow

Regularly participating in writing challenges and #writerslift on Twitter

For more stories and updates, visit amberbristow.com

🤍 Twitter 🤍 Website

Enjoyed the story?
Support the Creator.

Subscribe for free to receive all their stories in your feed. You could also pledge your support or give them a one-off tip, letting them know you appreciate their work.

Subscribe For FreePledge Your Support

Reader insights


Excellent work. Looking forward to reading more!

Top insights

  1. Compelling and original writing

    Creative use of language & vocab

  2. Easy to read and follow

    Well-structured & engaging content

  3. Excellent storytelling

    Original narrative & well developed characters

  1. Expert insights and opinions

    Arguments were carefully researched and presented

  2. Eye opening

    Niche topic & fresh perspectives

  3. Heartfelt and relatable

    The story invoked strong personal emotions

  4. Masterful proofreading

    Zero grammar & spelling mistakes

  5. On-point and relevant

    Writing reflected the title & theme

Add your insights

Comments (3)

  • sleepy drafts5 months ago

    You've articulated this feeling beautifully! Very relatable.

  • J. Delaney-Howe5 months ago

    Great work! Very profound.

  • Rene Peters7 months ago

    This is too relatable... I love it though!

Amber BristowWritten by Amber Bristow

Find us on social media

Miscellaneous links

  • Explore
  • Contact
  • Privacy Policy
  • Terms of Use
  • Support

© 2024 Creatd, Inc. All Rights Reserved.