Favorite poem of all time. Got me through some dark moments in college
"…it took almost two decades of living on this earth to finally love myself. if you only knew how hard it was to write this poem, how hard it is to embrace every stretch mark like a lifeline when I feel dead inside. to say that my skin color is a shade of armor that can never be bruised. to say that my smile is a page of the bible. that my face is a halo that spent it’s entire life basking in the sun. I learned how to love weakness. I wear my insecurities like a good suit to a job interview. I am awkward. I am awkward. I am awkward and I love it. I make a fool of myself, but still have the confidence of a firefly buzzing in the gut of a cave.
I cry. I cry and I fight and I cry and I fight and I cry. I cry and I fail and I fall and I get the fuck back up!
I’m no longer afraid to stumble, to fall flat on my face and look around like nothing happened, to turn this center stage into a playground, have you all look at me, live in my own skin, and wake up every morning. look deep into the mirror and say, “you know what, you know what Carvens, I love you. I love you so much and you are beautiful…”
This poem help me get through a few thing during high school