Unbreakable and Also Beautiful

Once soft and malable

I was hardened by heat 

The pressures of the world

I became unbreakable

But jagged and rough

I learned to cut

Before being cut

Ugly but stronger

Than any other stone


Rare and lonely


So I ground myself 

To create the facets 

Of my identity

To catch the light

Of myself and others

I forgave myself 

And made myself


I learned that I could be 

I became what I wanted

I am both


And also beautiful

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