The Illusion of Perfection

Perfection it is the only way
There is no other way
The shadows whisper
As they watch you struggle
As they watch you give in
To the self-doubt
To the self-hatred
Of your own self inflected
Your flaws talk behind your back
Everytime you look away
Until that day you have
A moment of clarity
That you will never
Be perfect
That perfection
Is an illusion sold to us
As children
Passed on
To us as adults
Perfection is an illusion
Sold in shares of entertainment
In streams of unrealistic realities
Uniqueness is the true reality
Not a shrink-wrapped falseness
That leads to unrealistic expectations
It gives you the ability
To unearth the beauty
That you have hidden away
Deep within yourself

Painting and poem by Ashley Houston 2020.

Embrace your uniqueness, because there is no one else in the world like you. You are beautiful and unique, don’t let anyone tell you otherwise!