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“Me & Her” by Adrija Chakraborty

Looking at myself in the mirror, my eyes  trying to find her. Maybe, they do find her or maybe, they’re just as deluded as my mind is.  Because I was never her, I can never be.  

I can’t straighten my unruly hair and no  matter how much I try to hold my belly in, it  is always more eager than I am to flaunt  itself.  

And believe me, I did try to tailor myself into  being that girl but I couldn’t. This  

hammering, this squeezing in won’t succour  me.  

But a fragment of me was still ashamed of  me. And if only had someone whispered, “you  don’t need to be her, you never did” would I  have been able to look me in the eyes and  only my eyes?

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