Pretty Ugly: There are 2 ways to read this incredible poem, both are so powerful.

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Our inner talk and how we feel about ourselves is very important. Take a moment to think about how you are treating yourself on a daily basis.


This brilliantly poem written by Abdullah Shoaib can be read both ways, and both messages are so incredibly powerful.

Read it below:

I’m very ugly

So don’t try to convince me that

I am a very beautiful person

Because at the end of the day

I hate myself in every single way

And I’m not going to lie to myself by saying

There is beauty inside of me that matters

So rest assured I will remind myself

That I am a worthless, terrible person

And nothing you say will make me believe

I still deserve love

Because no matter what

I am not good enough to be loved

And I am in no position to believe that

Beauty does exist within me

Because whenever I look in the mirror I always think

Am I as ugly as people say?

Now read the same words, but bottom up.

You deserve love and happiness. Let no one tell you otherwise… especially yourself.

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1 Comment

  1. Leilani

    August 27, 2018 at 5:17 pm

    This is a very beautiful, brilliant, and important poem that I think everyone needs to read as understand. Many people do deal with a lot of rejection or negativity in their lives and it’s crucial to not let that negativity complicate your daily behavior or mentality about either others or even yourself. People struggle with that fact that they don’t fit into societies standards but this poem perfectly explains that everyone is beautiful if they can just believe it themselves.

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