A Flawless Poem in a Flawed Poem

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How does it happen?

That moment when you first realize a flaw?

           

             I thought: So many people hate themselves.

 

Is it because that person you really like pointed it out?

           

            I thought: They should work with what they have.

 

Is it because you don’t look exactly like that model?

           

            I thought: People don’t realize that the media is fake.

 

Or is it inevitable?

           

            I spoke: I promise, I will never hate my body like them.

 

Usually, I never break promises

         But this one was just too hard to keep

Until…

           

            I thought: I want to love other people.

 

I was being held back

And I didn’t know why.

           

            I spoke: You can’t love other people,

unless you love yourself.

 

It took me years

But I still wonder:

 

            How does it happen?

            That moment when you first realize that you’re flawless?

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