Those who love you are not fooled by mistakes you have made or dark images you hold about yourself. They remember your beauty when you feel ugly; your wholeness when you are broken; your innocence when you feel guilty; and your purpose when you are confused.
so, carpet burn on your ankles, the scrape of metal on your cheek.
you have left skidmarks on far too many linoleum floors
your spine is twisting, the muscles spasming beneath the skin and you’re breathing fast
too fast too quick your shoulders are weighed with sand your body is a piece of bedrock at the bottom of the ocean
(they step over you like you’re nothing but a piece of meat)
maybe you’re too tired to wake up anymore.