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