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Cody Crawford

The Fugly Duckling

The fugly duckling goes to class
It watches the other ducklings take notes
and does not take any itself

The fugly duckling goes to dinner
It watches the other ducklings eat food
and eats itself into a food coma

The fugly duckling cannot ride a bike
but instead watches the other ducklings
ride their bikes to class

The fugly duckling is fuck ugly
The fugly duckling likes to do drugs
The fugly duckling makes whale noises when speaking

The fugly duckling walks through the park
and tries to smoke a cigarette
but gets too many dirty looks and goes away

The fugly duckling writes an essay
but does not proofread or edit
and turns it in anyway hoping for the best

The fugly duckling brushes its teeth
every night before it goes to bed but still
wakes up with a bad taste in its mouth

The fugly duckling breaks the mirror
and changes its outfit before going out
but still ceases to impress

The fugly duckling takes a selfie
and takes a few more and deletes all but two
and thinks about posting one but does not

The fugly duckling listens to music
and hides away to relax after a long
day of being so fucking ugly

The fugly duckling did not do the reading
but follows along in the discussion
well enough to give the illusion that it read

The fugly duckling smokes weed
so it does not have to interact with others
and watches Beverly Hills, 90210 instead

The fugly duckling likes to sing
when it is alone in its room and
maybe when it is too drunk to care

The fugly duckling used to play guitar
but got too tired of practicing
and sold the guitar to its brother

The fugly duckling does not like its home
It wants to move away but
it does not know where to go

The fugly duckling wants a tattoo
to look a little less ugly but
it is too broke to get one

The fugly duckling wants to live
in a mansion and be rich and beautiful
and help others that feel as ugly as it does.

The fugly duckling is stalked by the Big Bad Wolf
and has night terrors for weeks
and cannot sleep in its own bed

The fugly duckling has a hard time concentrating
and thinks it should leave school
but does not want to go back home

The fugly duckling is broken and alone
and wishes to find more ugly ducklings
so it can start a support group

The fugly duckling still feels like a child
The fugly duckling wants to grind its teeth out of its head
The fugly duckling moves to Swan

The fugly duckling goes to the market
and says hello to its friends the Three Little Pigs
and doesn't feel so fucking ugly for a while.

Published by: in Issue 1: Fall 2014, Poetry, Volume 71

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