Free Write: We Must Learn

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We must learn to
love ourselves enough
to be alone
to be happy
in the absence of
everyone
and everything
except our own bodies
our own hearts within
our own chests
our own blood
our steady breathing.

We must learn to love
ourselves enough
with a certain curiosity
about our own thoughts
-intangible
and our own abilities
-unrealized
the unseen potential
of our boundless minds-
To become engrossed in
a conversation
with our souls
and sit back, nodding quietly
impressed
by the dialogue.

We must learn to love ourselves
enough,
to laugh at ourselves
to examine our breasts, ears,
sharp ankle bones,
with an air of joy and
discovery
as if seeing ourselves
for the first time
as if peaking through the curtain
with childish glee
witnessing God’s great work,
in secret,
in progress.

We must learn
until we love ourselves
enough to become familiar
until we love ourselves
enough
to be certain
until we love ourselves enough

to be enough.