If you look inside of you,
you should not see the remains of a former lover,
a man who once gripped your arm and
sewed your lips shut with his.
His hollow mind should not encapsulate
your skull, one that could be brilliant.
You should not see a coward,
a girl who is afraid of saying no,
a girl that bends and twists
when her friends tell her she is doing wrong
when she is too pretty,
You should not see a face that doesn’t look like your own.
No face that isn’t yours has cried over the same heartbreaks
and laughed at the same memories.
That is not your face to wear inside.
I once called my body a temple to house beautiful things.
I invested in luxuries I didn’t think I was worthy of.
That was the day I could look myself in the mirror
and that was the night I could sleep alone peacefully.