A Poem Called ‘Pretty Ugly’ Is Going Viral Because It Can Be Read Two Different Ways

Everyone has good days and bad days. The trick is, to be able to see that the bad ones won’t last forever. Sometimes, this is easier said than done. We all have obstacles and hurdles in life that we need to move past but when you’re at your lowest, you don’t see any possibility of picking yourself up. It may feel like “one thing after another” is bringing you down but the truth is, a lot of it is perception.

A poem is going viral that proves this to be true. It’s been described as “incredible,” “brilliant,” and “powerful,” but you may not think so at first. The author’s name is Abdullah Shoaib and while it’s clear it was published in a book, little is known about its origins. It was posted on Reddit just over two weeks ago and has been gaining steam since. You’ll see why when you’ve finished reading in its entirety…


I’m very ugly

So don’t try to convince me that

I am a very beautiful person

Because at the end of the day

I hate myself in every single way

And I’m not going to lie to myself by saying

There is beauty inside of me that matters


So rest assured I will remind myself

That I am a worthless, terrible person

And nothing you say will make me believe

I still deserve love


Because no matter what

I am not good enough to be loved

And I am in no position to believe that

Beauty does exist within me

Because whenever I look in the mirror I always think

Am I as ugly as people say?

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