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I am a Slave

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I am a slave
To that which tells me
I am Flawed,
To that which sets my
Standard of Beauty.

I am a slave
To those who Judge me,
To those who are, themselves,
Insecure and Vulnerable.

I am a slave
To the culture,
To the media,
And to myself.

I’d die to be thin,
But at least I’ll be accepted.

I am a slave.

Fear and Anxiety
Hold me Captive.
They are my Drugs,
My secret Addictions.

I am a slave
Imprisoned by the Unattainable
Statute of Perfection,
I am a Renegade violating the Law of Beauty.

I am a slave
Flogged by its Power,
By its Control
Over my Happiness.

I am a slave
Determined to be everything
I am not,
Unfailing.

I am a slave
To think I can
Achieve the Impossible,
To go through battle untouched.

I am a slave
Because I have set myself up
To Fail,
But I am ignorant of it.

I am Forsaken
In the Eyes
Of Love’s Desire
To Change me.

I am a slave
Defeated. Broken.
I am a slave
Naked. Alone.

I Breathe
With inhibition…
With Pain…
With Emptiness…

I was a slave…

…now I am free.

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