This poem made me think about the fronts and emphasis on appearances we put on. For a lot of people, I’ve realized, appearances are the most important thing because that’s what a lot of people see as a priority. Appearances are how you’re defined by strangers you just met.

I always prioritized being a person not concerned about appearances, but it never occurred to me that being appearance-centered is a privilege and luxury. A lot of my students are extremely appearance focused for a lot of reasons that have to deal with being underprivileged, in a lot of ways that are hard to describe.

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Believer, Baltimore City special ed teacher, and 2:40 marathon runner. Diehard fan of “The Wire,” God’s gift to the Earth. E-mail: ryanfan17@gmail.com

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