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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.

 

Global – This brilliant 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 (we’ve already rewritten it for you:

Am I as ugly as people say?

Because whenever I look in the mirror I always think

Beauty does exist within me

And I am in no position to believe that

I am not good enough to be loved

Because no matter what

I still deserve love

And nothing you say will make me believe

That I am a worthless, terrible person

So rest assured I will remind myself

There is beauty inside of me that matters

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

I hate myself in every single way

Because at the end of the day

I am a very beautiful person

So don’t try to convince me that

I’m very ugly

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


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6 comments

  1. 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.

  2. Hey! This poem is really beautiful and in a very straightforward manner puts forth the idea of valuing and respecting one’s true self. I have, in a similar manner written a poem which can be read in these two ways, suggesting two different meanings. Please do reply to me so that I can email you the poem, beacause I would really love it if you could read it and tell me how I could improve. (I’m 15 years old) Thanks!

    1. Hey Vedika. I’d like to have your poem and read it, so I could comment it back for you. Please and thanks.

  3. Wow this is an amazing poem. One of my best friends who has depression showed me this and it took me a while to realise what it says when read backwards. This poem has helped her a lot so thank you. A very beautiful poem.

  4. I was wondering if I could have your permission to print a copy of this poem for my youth group. I believe this could help with some of the emotional issues these kids are facing.

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