This poem is inspired by my feelings towards social standards. I feel like this poem represents my feelings well. I wrote this to depict how social standards are affecting young people.

There is a lighter that sits on my desk

It just sits there and I cry

Thoughts run through my head

I’m supposed to be the perfect girl

The perfect student

The perfect sister

The perfect daughter

This word is thrown around me

And my head spins

How am I supposed to be the perfect student when I see more C’s than A’s

How am I supposed to be the perfect sister when I jump on my brother when I don’t get my way

How am I supposed to be perfect when there are scars on my wrists that prove otherwise

How am I supposed to be perfect when I have more insecurities than I can count

There is a lighter on my desk and I sit and I cry

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