Because I Love Myself

Intensity, manipulation, jealousy

Belittlement, betrayal…


Because I love you

I stay

Because I love you

I forgot my worth

My abilities, even myself

I cover myself with makeup and clothing

An opaque veil over the black and blue

Because I love you

Screaming, hitting, crying


Realization conquers all

I am enough

I uncover myself, revealing the black and blue

I wear it with pride

I know what I deserve

Encouragement, happiness

Warmth, acceptance, respect

Because I love myself


This poem is about: 
Our world


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