Beautiful



By: Tempest Erykson

I wanted
to be beautiful.
Isn’t that
how all the stories start?
But when he says,
“you’re beautiful,”
it doesn’t feel
like a compliment.
And when he shouts,
“hey there,
beautiful,”
it sounds
like a threat.
Call me
smart
kind
funny
but I don’t want
to be beautiful.

Tempest Erykson is 13 and lives in Seattle, Washington