Writing Catalog

Sophy Gao

Grade: 11

Hathaway Brown School

Instructor: Scott Parsons




face as blank as a whiteboard
body just as wide
side by side
in the mirror of her reflection

pangs of hunger written on that blank whiteboard
signs you could only read,
never carve out
even with the sharpest ear

she knows what she's been gifted
but she tainted it,
the once white
stainless porcelain
cracked by the stabs
of fake smiles
false affirmations
"you look wonderful"
struck wonders in her brain

wounds of self-denial
their picture of her was imperfect
in her painting,

grab the dry eraser
get to work.