Who would you be without yourself?
If you took off all your coats
Of identity, of history, of trauma
The stories you were taught,
Those you invented and
Stood naked in the world on a warm day?
How would you see your life
Without the narratives of money
Of education, of success and failure?
If you had no nationality, no race
No gender, no age, or if those things
No longer mattered?
How would the world look
Unmarred by expectation
By judgment, fear, analysis?
Would you be overwhelmed by its beauty?
Don’t be afraid – you are beautiful too.
You will fit right in.
How would you move,
Without the weights you carry
The braces and splints you wear
To protect your broken places
The narratives that bind you
The need for others’ approval
How would it feel to be free?
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