April 30, 2021.

unconditional love is empowering

i'm making ugly faces in the mirror
learning to walk confidently in unflattering outfits
facing the fear of imperfection
and stomping on my shadow of doubt

i used to censor what parts of me were seen
and make my own image the enemy
my worth isn't determined by how i look
and i didn't really grasp this until recently

but he doesn't care about my stomach
so why do i
he doesn't care about my arms
or larger thighs

unconditional love is empowering
even my mother had me on diet pills
when i was just ten years old
but i think i'm starting this new period of healing

he does not see scars, he sees lines of poetry
he does not see stretch marks, he just sees me
he looks at me with love when others only judged
and now i don't feel as much guilt about simply eating

Poetry by aidan haskel
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Written on 2021-05-03 at 18:50

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Hans Bump The PoetBay support member heart!
Thanks for a poem that lets the readers into such personal expression.

Lawrence Beck The PoetBay support member heart!
There is fine music in this poem. It's very well written.

Thomas D The PoetBay support member heart!
I cherish especially the first line of the last stanza. It is a nice encapsulation of the theme, in one vivid image.