growing up being told I'm thin.
being praised for prominent ribs
but scolded for not eating enough.
creating parallels in beauty
finding synonyms between
beautiful & skinny.
learning to love bones,
hips; collar bones.
small waist.small thighs. big bum.
i want to feel beautiful but don't want to change the way i see myself
but then again,
i've ever had my own definition of beauty.
i've always been told, shown,
molded definitions out of standards we made up.
So tell me i'm beautiful
in the way you run your fingers through my hair,
in the way your lips brush my neck,
or in the way your grin when i'm the last thing you see as you fall asleep and the first you see when you wake up.
-help me to feel beautiful