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April 5, 2018

Watch me Fall Up. {Poem}

Don’t ask me if I’m good;
ask me if I’m grateful.

Don’t be sorry I’m sad;
be relieved I’m not numb.

Don’t tell me I look beautiful;
tell me you see me.

Don’t call me a b*tch;
support me when I’m brave.

And please,
don’t call me sweet;
call me authentic.

Don’t hope for me not to be single;
see that I am so full of love
it flows into every man, woman, and child I meet.

Don’t call my confidence
Vanity.

Don’t call my kindness
Weak.

Don’t call my optimism
Naive.

Don’t call my boundaries
Rude.

Don’t call my self-love
Entitlement.

Don’t call my generosity
Impractical.

Don’t call my calm perspective
Indifference.

And please don’t call my playfulness
Immature.

Don’t pity me as a fool,
because I live in faith.

Don’t think I’m insecure,
because I love you no matter what.

Don’t call me unstable,
because I don’t believe in imprisoning my life
within lines that protect me from living.

Please don’t think my vulnerability
is anything other than my strength.

And watch me fall,
Up.

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Author: Kierstyn Bachmann Berlin
Image: Courtesy of Donna Jean Shoemaker
Editor: Nicole Cameron
Copy Editor: Sara Kärpänen

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