Hello everyone. I am competing in a talent competition at the end of this month. All talents are welcome, but I am entering with a poem I wrote. I am sharing my poem here because I would love to see what other people think before I enter with it. It is long, but very personal. I really appreciate anyone that takes the time to read this.
Take a look at me,
and tell me what you see.
I am sure the things that your eyes spy,
are not the things that matter.
I bet the things that are in your sight,
are the same things I see, when standing naked in front of a full length mirror.
You see the extra pounds, that my body has packed on over the years,
you have surely seen,
my less than perfect teeth, you've probably even seen my double chin,
or maybe the scars that exist,
all over my skin,
but let me say it again, these are not the things that matter.
Now take a minute,
and honestly admit,
how well you truly know me; especially if we very seldom talk.
I highly believe in the phrases, "don't judge a book by its cover",
"and everyone is fighting a battle, that you know nothing about".
That is why my outward appearance,
tells you nothing of importance or value.
From the way I look,
you would never know, about the many times that I have been let down,
yet I still choose to have hope.
You would never know, about the many times,
that I have been used, taken advantage of or not appreciated,
yet I still choose to do and give.
You would never know, about all of the heartbreaks,
I have suffered,
yet I still choose to love.
You would never know, about all of the tears,
I have cried,
yet I have still chosen to smile.
You would never know, about the times,
that I have been raped, abused or treated like property,
yet I never let it destroy me.
You would never know, about the numerous names I have been called,
such as bitch, lazy, fat whale, cow and pig,
yet I kept my head held high,
and I try to make sure that my words for others,
are always kind.
You would never know, about the depression I battle,
or my multiple suicide attempts,
yet I wake up
and face the world anyway.
You would never know, about how alone I often feel,
or how few true friends I really have,
yet I always try not to exclude anyone,
and always try to be a good friend to everyone.
You would never know, about the health problems I have,
that daily cause me so much pain,
that sometimes I cannot get out of bed,
and sometimes I can barely walk,
yet I fight the fight every day,
and never let it keep me down.
I am someone that cares,
I am someone with compassion,
someone with hope.
I am strong,
I am a lover,
and a warrior.
I choose to raise people up,
instead of putting people down.
Often times in life,
people look at someone,
or barely talk to that person,
and they judge a book by its cover,
never knowing, what the true or full story is.
people don't care or don't stop to think,
about how their words or actions could affect another,
or that those things have the potential,
to break someone,
or raise someone up.
As you have learned,
my outward appearance tells you nothing,
but my story tells you everything.
So take a look at the people around you
and ask yourself,
how much do you really know?
My story is only one of many,
and we are all different in a lot of ways,
but I hope that if you all live with these things in mind,
we can conquer the divide!