poet Michael Fischer

Michael Fischer

Another Girl Robbed Of Her Esteem (When Will The Nightmare End?)

The demon takes shelter in her fear.
It awakens just prior to her slumber,
takes a hatchet to her insides,
and leaves her vulnerable in the night!

The jarring sounds from the outside
grow loud; none of them familiar.
She shakes in her striped tube socks
and slowly shrinks beneath her sheets.

Her world has almost tripled in size;
She is left to fend for herself.
Her voice has grown high-pitched
and her escape route is a dead end.

Her demon disappears in the darkness.
Its reflection hides in her bed.
Her demon? Her mirror image.
Her fear? She’s not beautiful.
But she is beautiful; inside and out.
But she’ll never know; She reads Cosmo!

Poem Submitted: Monday, April 16, 2007
Poem Edited: Tuesday, February 15, 2011

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  • Douglas Scotney (8/24/2015 8:58:00 PM)

    I wonder if it's stranger that a man doesn't wear lipstick than that a woman does?

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  • Kody Dibble (8/24/2015 7:03:00 PM)

    Fierce write and suburb imagery!

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  • Bharati NayakBharati Nayak (8/24/2015 11:56:00 AM)

    Glamour and fashion girls as well as men shown in TV, commercials and in fashion magazines set unrealistic standard for common people and they feel frustrated when they find that they are not measuring to the standard. It creates fear in them and kill their spirit.It is the price of modern life that we are suffering.

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (8/24/2015 6:41:00 AM)

    Inside and outside; but, faced with the muse of life. Nice work.

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  • Kim BarneyKim Barney (8/24/2015 6:04:00 AM)

    Such truth expressed here. Not just Cosmo, but other magazines and ads on TV, etc.
    Well done!

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  • * Sunprincess * (8/24/2015 6:02:00 AM)

    ....most incredible, congratulationson on member poem...
    cosmo cares only to sale magazines ★

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  • Jasbir ChatterjeeJasbir Chatterjee (8/24/2015 4:49:00 AM)

    Great poem...Modern living has its own side effects and often the need to conform is more important than anything else.

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  • Ramesh T ARamesh T A (8/24/2015 3:23:00 AM)

    It reminds me of exorcist movie we are all familiar with!

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  • Kay Vitter (8/31/2008 6:50:00 PM)

    Wow! I can see you’re a passionate person. Drivel like Cosmo isn’t as bad rape (I will at least concede Cosmo that) but I do agree with your sentiment.

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  • Con Nie (6/10/2008 3:23:00 AM)

    Very sad a beautiful person feels so low after reading something like Cosmo or other magazines where they feel they just don't measure up after seeing all those models. Seems this low self-esteem has been going on for years. In my day you had 'Twiggy' to compete with. I can remember fainting from starving myself to be so thin. Not healthy at all to do. Anyway, good writing on this subject. Sincerely, Connie Webb

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  • Chris Mendros (5/14/2007 10:33:00 AM)

    The real culprit is the limited world view brought on by reading the insipid drivel of Cosmo. This is effective as a humorous look at a serious issue, but everyone is vulnerable to that demon. With all that's available to us in the modern world, we should never limit ourselves, or get talked into feeling mediocre based on superficialities.
    Another deceptively deep work.

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  • Brittany Messersmith (5/3/2007 7:55:00 PM)

    Very true and that's the sad part. Girls only believe they are beautiful if they look like the fake models and glamorous movie stars...This by far my favorite! You have a talent never give up or give in!
    Tonz of Love,
    Brittany

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  • Tara very irritated with PH injustice (4/30/2007 5:18:00 PM)

    I find this more powerful than I expected, given the apparent levity of the exclamatin marks. Strong and with an important message; finely penned, I feel. t x

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