“Such an ugly duckling.” the others cackled and slapped the water in agreement.
Under the burden of shameful stares your head ducked.
Inclined to believe what others say, you swam away. You
Couldn’t see the swan swimming smooth as silk on the other side of the reeds. Searching
Inside yourself for true identity, the answers
Decidedly never came. You
Ended the story before your clouded reflection cleared.