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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Tanishka is a 17-year-old high school student who aspires to become a Human Rights lawyer. She is from Delhi, though currently living in Lucknow. She is an ambivert who loves to read, write and dance. She creates poetry out of her scars and nightmares. She writes and writes till she can finally put up a façade.