Thursday, February 3, 2011


Though I paint myself to look like you,
I do not, in fact, belong.
Though I lean against you
and do my darnedest to blend in,
I will always be me, not you.
When will I finally realize
I have my own contributions here,
that my particular gifts
-- though I stand apart --
make me a worthy addition
to this scene?
When will I celebrate my own power and vitality?
When will I stop assuming
my only beauty and value come
from serving as a canvas
for other people's thoughts and dreams?

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