This is a collection of poems, by poet, Erin Hanson. All rights go to Erin Hanson.


6. The Beauty and The Beast

There's a villain in every story

The wicked witch of the west

The wicked witch of the east

The evil step-mother

A monster, a beast

What does the villain look like?

Some people may ask

It doesn't always have a black cape

Or a witch's broom

Or a big and scary mask

I have a villain of my own

But she's kind of hard to see

She has a really good disguise

She looks a lot like me

Mirror, mirror on the wall

Who's the fairest of them all?

Or maybe it's

Monster, monster inside of me

Tell me, tell me what you see

Rip me apart

Tear me to shreds

Make me a prisoner

Inside my own head

Tell me what I am

And tell me what I'm not

Tell me what I need

And tell me what I got

You bring out my scars

My sadness, fears, and aggression

Deprive me of my confidence

Take away my self-esteem

Cause me to fear judgment

And make me yell and scream

You taunt me with your words

Like this is some kind of game

But when it comes down to it

There's no one else to blame

The villain isn't a creature

Or a devil sent from hell

It isn't a witch or a demon

The villain is myself.

I try to fight it, but it won't stop.

It's never going to cease

It's mean. It's a liar.

I'm the beauty and the beast

There's a villain in every story

A statement that is true

But how do you kill the monster,

When it lives inside of you?




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