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[Poetry Friday] On Love and Loving (Yourself)

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This week, I’m sharing a love-themed poetry for this short but sweet month of February. (Of course.) The poem below was taken from Rupi Kaur’s recently published collection, the sun and her flowers. Under a heading entitled, wilting, is a poem called what love looks like. It was the persona’s attempt to define love to a therapist after a man abandoned her (or him).

Also featured today are the lyrics of a song that struck a chord in my heart after hearing it. Two nights ago, on Valentine’s, Daniel and I went to the movies with my friend and her husband to watch The Greatest Showman — a movie about P.T. Barnum. I loved the soundtrack, especially This Is Me. The essence of the movie was embedded in that song. It’s a powerful song and beautiful reminder of self-worth and self-love. I only found out yesterday that it was nominated for Best Original Soundtrack for the Academy Awards. (I included a video so you can listen to it, too. Hurrah!)

Poetry Friday round-up is hosted by Jone at Check It Out.


what love looks like

love does not look like a person
love is our actions
love is giving all we can
even if it's just the bigger slice of cake
love is understanding
we have the power to hurt one another
but we are going to do everything in our power
to make sure we don't

This Is Me

I'm not a stranger to the dark
Hide away, they say
'Cause we don't want your broken parts
I've learned to be ashamed of all my scars
Run away, they say
No one will love you as you are

But I won't let them break me down to dust
I know that there's a place for us
For we are glorious

When the sharpest words wanna cut me down
I'm gonna send a flood, gonna drown them out
I am brave, I am bruised
I am who I'm meant to be, this is me
Look out 'cause here I come
And I'm marching on to the beat I drum
I'm not scared to be seen
I make no apologies, this is me

Another round of bullets hits my skin
Well, fire away 'cause today, I won't let the shame sink in
We are bursting through the barricades
And reach above the sun (we are warriors)
Yeah, that's what we'll become

Won't let them break me down to dust
I know that there's a place for us
For we are glorious

And I know that I deserve your love
There's nothing I'm not worthy of
When the sharpest words wanna cut me down
I'm gonna send a flood, gonna drown them out
This is brave, this is proof
This is who I'm meant to be, this is me

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7 comments on “[Poetry Friday] On Love and Loving (Yourself)

  1. We are glorious! We saw this movie, too, and you picked a great song to showcase. The movie pounded its message a little too vigorously for my taste, but there was still much to love. Thank you for sharing! xo

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  2. I haven’t seen the movie, but have a former colleague who actually worked for Ringling Bros. She told me she loved it! Thanks for the words about the power of love, Fats.

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  3. Kay Mcgriff

    I love that poem! I haven’t yet seen the movie, but I want to.

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  4. Learning to fully love ourselves as we are can so often be the hardest, most painful, but ultimately most liberating action any of us can experience.

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  5. maryleehahn

    Powerful lyrics! That movie’s been recommended to me multiple times now…guess I better get busy and watch it!

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  6. Both of these! I try my best to live “love is actions”. Need to see the movie. Haven’t yet.

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  7. Myra, good words and music for this turbulent week.

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