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They say to love yourself

to love every freckle on your skin and

every curl in your hair and

every little detail that makes you an individual

that makes you

you.

 

They say to be proud of your accomplishments

to hold up that trophy or that medal or that diploma and

ask for respect in the workforce and

reach for the stars your whole life.

 

But we’ve been left with empty hands

and empty pockets.

 

They tell you to love yourself

but then in the next breath they

tear you down telling you that you aren’t

right

and that everything you love about yourself is

wrong.

 

They tell you to be proud of your achievements

to demand to be paid fairly and

to speak your voice and

make a change

 

but it’s their change, not yours and they

don’t like if you have opinions that are different and

that you won’t follow blindly into their lie

 

and then they’ll throw you out the door without a second glance

unless you’re useful in just the right way

and erase every little detail that makes you an individual

that makes you

you

until you aren’t.

 

 

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