Treasure Island

kitty smith

(11 23 99 / new york)

I Dont Want To Be Barbie


i packed away my dolls
barbies
Polly pockets
and Bratz

i look at their flawless faces
and remembered being promised that

i remember the boxes all implying

''play with me, ill make you beautiful one day''

and now im walking to the mirror to see what the truth has to say.

i remembered placing my fingers on my sides and trying to get the tips to touch

i remembered the pain that i went through to squeeze and squish it that much

i picked up a beautiful barbie
stick thin, hair flipped, skin caramel dipped

my mind was a daze with the lies, i remembered the impression

''your going to look like barbie, or be damned to lonely depression''

i looked in the mirror and compared

my self to the plastic play thing

my hair was red and wavy

her's was blonde and didn't look like a pain

i look at her tiny waist line, granted i assumed it was to scale

yeah i looked at her tiny waist line

and then i compared it to mine

i realized how different we were

me and this plastic doll

i realize that in real life

i could be this doll

i could die my hair blonde

i could throw up what ever i ate

i could buy products and kits

to make me pretty again

then i realized something funny
poor barbie
poor doll

everyone thinks she fun when their playing with her
then they move on to newer things
then barbie gets old
and then she's not having much fun at all

i didn't want to be barbie

played with

then thrown away for newer versions of me

all i wanted to be

was

completely imperfect me

Submitted: Friday, April 25, 2014
Edited: Friday, April 25, 2014

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this is what happens when i clean up old stuff

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  • Colleen Courtney (4/25/2014 11:59:00 AM)

    Great write! Amazing where our minds can go when just doing mundane everyday chores! Did a wonderful job with this! (Report) Reply

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