Glass & More
Updated: Apr 28, 2022
by Aurelie Msiza
I am glass
Handcrafted to perfection
And by that I mean
It took a lot of practice
Before I could put my heart
Back to together
Everyone I've loved has already left
But Here, Put my heart to the test
And yes, it might not come out best
But it has been
But never missed
And Above all this
It continues to function
I am transparent
Although people can't see
Right through me
Through my act
My play, see I strut
Across the stage
And my muse is my pain
I've told lies as sweet as chardonnay
I'd tell you how I am but the truth takes time
So for now I'll lie and say I'm fine
And intricately designed
And by that I mean I'm fragile
That my cracks are all circumstantial
And when you cut yourself
Trying to fix me
That I'll owe you an apology
Because I've taught myself to leave
Before you realize I
Am not worth bleeding for
Holding on will only hurt you
Because not only am I glass
But to some disappointment
It took me a while
Before I was able to look at myself
And see myself
Let alone be myself
I don't even like myself.
I'm falling apart fast
But I shouldn't feel at all
Falling apart fast Because glass is cold
And this winter won't pass
And it's left me empty
An empty glass
"Wow! You cut your hair
That's something different for a change, you never ever change
Well don't just stand there look how pretty you look,
Your hair is short," Like my dad's Short temper,
But they wouldn't remember.
How my long hair silky and smooth
Ran down my neck But it didn't entirely cover the bruise,
My hair strands are shiny and black
Natural and real Like the sound of that belt As it hit my back
I wish I cut it for cancer
So somewhere out there a sister may continue to love her brother
I wish I didn’t have to cut it so when my father looks at me He doesn't see my mother
Because the grips not as tight now
My elastic can barely go around my hair
There's not much left,
Like my self-respect.
Fix your hair it looks messy, It shouldn't be that way
Listen to what I say!
Your hair isn't neat It's no wonder you get beat.
Where are your clips? Where's your brush?
You're always slower than everyone Why aren't you in a rush?
Look at her, Her hairs perfect
Your hair falls short,
Like you fall short of my expectations.
Let's just get ribbons I'm disappointed.
Your hair should be better It should be longer
It should be stronger
It should be bolder
Why doesn't it only reach your shoulders?
It doesn't cover up your bruise
And now everyone can see,
They can see your hair is a mess
And now I'm stressed
Because you don't look your best.
How am I supposed to be proud?
Why can't your hair be like mine It's tidy and clean
And there's no dandruff so it doesn't even itch.
Stop acting like a little bitch!
And fix your hair because it shouldn't stand that way
Why won't you listen to what I say?
I love you so let me help you
You ungrateful little slut
It’s just a haircut
Aurelie Msiza is a 20-year-old computer science major at Lincoln Memorial University. Proudly South African she is the reigning Miss Galaxy South Africa 2022
and recipient of the Woman of Stature 2022 Youth Ambassador Award. She began writing in primary school and hopes to continue to nurture her passion.