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It gets easy to judge

Harshly

That little person we see in the mirror


Anticipating

What we will be judged for

With a list:


Acne

Bad hair

Yellow teeth

Baby face

Chubby

Fat lip

Dad bod

Strange shape

Stalky

Plain

Basic

Boyish

Small


A list to be corrected

Each morning and night

As part of our reformation


Into what we believe will protect us

From being rejected

And help us be loved


But


With this shallow view of ourselves

Where we have already rejected our own affection

How do we hope to love?


What have we missed so early on

With our own daily routine

Before anyone else has seen us?


Kind eyes

Smooth skin

Warm smile

Loving hands

Inner vibrancy

An inquisitive face

Endearing shape

Forgiving aura

Sweet

Approachable

Edgy

We cannot orphan ourselves

From our own affection

Like children we expect someone else to love


That lies first and foremost

With us to attend

Lovingly, constantly, gratefully


Ours

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