The Unanswerable Letter

03 Dec

To the woman who constantly feels less than a woman.
To the woman who goes out everyday, afraid to embrace who she is.
To the woman who has a distorted perception of beauty.
This is straight from my pericardium to you.

A real woman
is not model figured or skinny or a size zero.
A real woman
is not curvy or thick or plus-sized.

A real woman is a woman
who can stare at her twin in the mirror,
let out a crease from beneath her eyes
and turn her lips upwards till both folding skins meet.

A real woman is a woman
who does not flip the pages of magazines
seeking for an alternate reality
with a longing for a definition of what she “should” look like
because despite the hours spent on airbrushing those models,
Photoshop still does the ultimate. Why bother?

A real woman is a woman
in any shape, size, skin color or hair color
who focuses on building her inner self
while embracing her many flaws,
knowing that those unique imperfections truly define her beauty.

You are beautiful!
If you don’t see it and admit it, then no one else will.


Posted by on December 3, 2012 in Unanswerable Letter


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2 responses to “The Unanswerable Letter

  1. memkoh

    December 3, 2012 at 1:46 am

    I should have been describing my poems earlier.
    But this was an in-class prompt, to write an unanswerable letter – a letter to someone who cannot write you back. Written under 5 minutes.

  2. memkoh

    December 3, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    Thank you, Emily


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