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My Pretty Insecurities (Louis Toliver Jr - Swartz, LA)



Is my skin too dark for this job?

Do I have the right smile for this gig?

Am I the right height for this show?

Is my hair too coarse for that hat?

My body, my eyes
Imperfection I despise
These questions, these lies
I’m all caught in compromise

Should I change up this stanza?

Don’t bring attention to the art, fool

Wait, am I a boy caught in beauty?

No, you’re a girl caught in brawn

The voices from my pen speak
Many of them care what you think
They are both friends and foes
I wish I had the power to choose sides

And now he sees my pretty insecurities

Should I ask him what’s my worth?

My insides brought outside for auction

I want to hold my breath, but can I?

My cab to tomorrow has arrived
I’m not sure I can pay the fare
On life, I don’t think I’ve thrived
But do you really even care?

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