Being Pretty Isn't an Aspiration

Light beckons

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the moths.

stuns them

giving their hope

a place to rest.

Foolish

and blinded to their

demise

 

Girls, like moths

are

called upon by

sparkling,

luminescent

diamonds.

 

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Neither listen

to reason.

Have you ever tried to keep a moth away

from a flame?

It isn’t easy,

imagine keeping a girl from

a diamond.

 

This is why I tell you:

“Keep reading those books,

be tight with laces of those shoes.

Can’t have them slipping off,

can’t have you slipping in

to someone

and becoming

a part of something

before you had time

to be someone other than just a girl.


Author: Salma Ali

"I recently graduated with my MFA in Creative Writing. I spend my days trying to figure out life, and my nights trying to be a writer."