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The Not So Pretty Girl This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

Farah B., Karachi, Pakistan By Binte, -, Pakistan

She caught them staring once again
at her skirt and plain brown shoes
and that bushy hair a mess so black
and obvious braces too

who wouldn't stare she thought herself
i'm as ugly as can be
amazing as it is though
why bother staring at me?

they smirk and laugh as she passes
by their lockers every day
they tease and taunt 'til the pain
makes her want to run away

color rises in her cheeks
at least they're rosy now, she thinks
eyes on the floor and books in hand
tears pushed back as she blinks

slowly she makes her way to class

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