Softening inside
I see I'm holding my breath again
Easing into discomfort
have I been clenching my jaw this whole time?

Curious observation
of the chatter my mind coughs out
blaming myself for involuntary spasms
of verbal self harm adopted long ago

Swollen eyes and softly parted lips
hang on one word: forgiveness
a gift gathering dust
waiting to be offered up

All my inner struggles
are opportunities
to love myself anyway
to love the world anyway

Perfection would be too easy
little broken things bring beauty
the syrupy sweet emotion that saturates me
when I'm given what I do not deserve

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