The Most Authentic Version of Myself

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Authentic [adjective]

described as being real 

or genuine

not fake or copied

 

Undone, unwound 

the strings that make me, 'me'

I am, without the filter or the makeup

the purest form I could be

 

There is a certain kind of peacefulness

that comes with being authentic

the fact that anyone I chose

can see who I honestly am

 

Hair down, no makeup

You now focus on the qualities that matter

How I have a passion for art and art history

but critique and throw away everything I make

and believe I don't know enough to even curate a museum

 

Envious of my friends whose bodies are perfect

no stretch marks or imperfections

but I've reached the age to see that those things

make me different, and now I'm happy

 

Numerous times I've been told

the way I talk about the unjustness of this world

could just be enough to make a difference 

and I plan to do so in the future 

 

To make sure women of the generations to come

are never questioned "What were you wearing"

when reporting sexual assault

 

I, since a very young age, have sought to please

even the most depressed or unwilling people

I see myself as a person who refuses to give up

on someone no matter what

 

Coming to this state of mind, realizing my 

passions, qualities, and plans

is the most authentic version of myself

and I believe I will be that person

until the day I die

This poem is about: 
Me
Our world

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