January 3, 2015

I am Not Afraid to Tell you that I am Beautiful. {Poem}

I am beautiful

I am not afraid to tell you

that I am beautiful

for being at home in our my heart

and hearts shoes

did not come to me at birth


I’ve unravelled, searched

done copious amounts of work

I’ve travelled and done

seen and asked

participated in this planet

my growth

I’ve sat with my shadow

soul spelunked


the beauty that we hear of

cannot always be seen

but it can be felt

in the eyes of the ones

that shout sunshine

the ones with no fear in their hearts

that aren’t threatened by

the brilliant existence

the magnificence of the others

that roam beside us


beauty is seeing that woman


saluting her

in her exquisiteness

knowing we see that brilliance

because we, too

are at home in our

whole souls

bodies, too


So if this is vain

I am vain

If this is narcissistic

I am a narcissist


I would rather be

all of these things

then shake

with fear in my heart

whenever a beautiful woman

walks into a room


So I will say it



listen with softer ears





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Author: Janne Robinson

Editor: Ashleigh Hitchcock

Photo: courtesy of the author

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