reminder/ 83

Before it begins, hear me out: 

I am not the sun, or the stars. 

I am not the girl who stands out

in a room full of strangers, I am 

not the girl who you’ll gravitate 

towards- my magnetic field 

doesn’t attract much- I am not

the girl that people orbit. But,

but I have never wanted to be,

I have always known I can’t 

conquer the world, so i instead

tried to illuminate the small corner 

I call home. I have always known

I’m not good at much, so I tried 

to find something I could call 

my own, and I found it, nestled 

between two books in a shelf in

my grandmother’s room, I found it

waiting for someone to grab 

and cherish it, and now that I found

it, now that I found myself, 

I don’t need your validation. 

I don’t need your badge, your 

placebo recognition- nothing you

give me will change my life. 

I chart my own route, and I’ll

survive without you. I always have. 

I always will.


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