A Letter to Myself


I love the way you smile

the way you squint your eyes when you laugh


I love the way you dance

when no one’s around


I love the way you talk about things you love the books you’ve read

the songs you’ve heard


I love the way you stare at stars

and talk to flowers

the way you sing even if it is out of sync


I love how you’ve taken lessons from the past

and refuse to dwell in it


I love that you are a little wise

and a lot more crazy

a little savage and a lot more empathetic


I know you hate your nose

and your fat arms

I know you’re tired of people telling you

to lose weight or to gain some more

because nothing ever satisfies them

I know you wished you had

a better face and a flat stomach


I know all of it.

all of your flaws and edges.

and let me tell you:

you’re lovely. for all that you are.


you’re perfectly imperfect.

and I love you.


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