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Self Aware This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

By Meg C, Oak Ridge, TN

the towel wrapped around
hangs, no breasts, no hips
just twelve ribs and
a stomach indented
bright pink nail paint
as if to distract
us from what we see,
the sallow, sunken face
her bottle-dyed hair
the only weight on her body,
what does she see
in those poorly veneered eyes?
does she see all the knobs
of her bird-hollowed bones,
or the chubby little kid
who was always picked
last in gym class?

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