things i wish my father had stayed around to tell meMature

i
no one has the right to break you,
no one has the power to take something from you
                         unless you give it to them.

ii
your skin might be fragile, your bones
might break under pressure, but you are
so much more than skin and bones - 
you are light and air and life and space.

iii
do you want me to kick his ass?

iv
you deserve better.

v
the world is yours if you’ll only reach out
and claim it.

vi
no one can staple you back together
except you.

vii
you look beautiful
in that dress
with your hair like that
in that sweater
in those pajamas
when you smile like that
every day.

viii
why don’t you just stay home with me tonight?
i remember when dates with me were
the highlight of both of our weeks.

ix
you are precious
you are transcendent
you are worthwhile
you are glorious

x
you are loved.

The End

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