This poem is intended to symbolize a personal struggle to love yourself and be kind to yourself. It is meant to explain that the way we see ourselves is of fundamental importance in terms of our happiness. My hope is that readers are reminded that self-love is an essential component for wellbeing, and that you are the only person who can change your outlook on yourself.
“You aren’t smart enough.”
“You aren’t pretty enough.”
She tells you again and again and
“You should try harder to be better.”
“You don’t measure up to the rest.”
Her words ring in your ears
as you cover them to silence the noise.
It doesn’t matter anyway because
she is everywhere.
“You aren’t worth it.”
Why won’t she just go away?
Your mind shuffles to find an answer,
but fails to transmit.
She follows you everywhere,
ready and armed to strip you down.
Her words begin to feel like bullets,
destroying more and more of you each day.
Why won’t she leave me alone, you wonder.
You try to hide your fear,
her words keep knocking relentlessly,
and she somehow is always here.
Alone in your room,
she still stalks you with self-doubt but
when you look around and realize the room
is empty aside from yourself.
Featured image via Brooke Cagle.