Worth

Poet Girl Em

you cannot shine your light on me and then tell me I’m too bright
you cannot declare love for my passion then tell me I’m too passionate
you cannot admire my beauty and then tell me I’m vain when I say “thank you”
you cannot root for my success and then say I’m pandering if I am grateful

every one of these things I struggle to do
I don’t feel I deserve the praise or words
I don’t see what others see that makes me me
I fight to accept that I am worthy

think of this the next time I express joy
or thanks, or gratitude, that in my head

I am shaking “no, I don’t believe you”

while I fight to say “thank you”

the way you think you know me
shows me how little you really do

~ Emily Clapper

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