Every morning I paint myself, carefully trying to be what I want, smooth foundation over my plump cheeks, oh my I look so pale now. Brush some rouge onto my cheekbones, eyeshadow right onto the crease, lipstick lining rosebud mouth, my face is a canvas, at least to me. Mama says I look like a whore, Daddy says nothing at all, I sit in front of my bedroom mirror, tryng to decide if black or navy, is more slimming. Rolls of fat spill, beneath my fingers, I attempted to vomit it away but, my body holds on, a grip like iron. Every so often someone comes along, who says I am beautiful but, I think they are blind. Then I am used, so hungry for love I do anything, then tossed away and critisized. I wash away my paint at night, and in my dreams, only in my dreams, do I become, what I want to be.