I don’t know how
I got it in my head
If it was something I heard
Or something I read
Or all the glossy pictures
In the magazines
That convinced me
I had to be
So pretty
And perfect
So happy that
My cheeks hurt
Well screw that
Cause I’ve learned
The most important thing
I get to be me
Regardless of my company
I won’t change a thing
To make you think
That I’m more
Than what you see
I choose
And embracing
If you’ve got a freak flag?
I say fly it
If you’re different?
Then don’t hide it
The world’s got enough
Putting on a show
It’s too exhausting
And soul-sucking
Pretending to be
Something you’re not
If you were born
Awkward or skinny?
Own it
Then move on
Look inside yourself
And cultivate
And peace
Fill your mind
With knowledge
Seek out similarities
Anyone can be cynical
Just like gossip it’s
A short-term fix
An attempt to create
A bond with someone
And avoid discovering
What your true purpose is
So be bold
And brave
And wave your freak flag
Mine is fucking huge
And don’t waste time
Trying to be pretty
Or perfect
Whatever you do


About Sarah

Writing poetry has always been a natural part of my process, used as a way to gain clarity on and express what's going on inside. In 2010 I began sharing my poetry with more people, which inspired me to start this website. More about me.

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5 Responses to GIRLS

  1. Dodie March 19, 2013 at 3:13 pm #

    Awesome, if more people lived by this poem then the world would be so stress free!! We wouldnt be in constant competition to be the prettiest or have to have the best of everything.

    • Sarah
      Sarah March 19, 2013 at 5:07 pm #

      So true! It seems strange that we wouldn’t naturally celebrate our differences, as that’s what makes people (and life) interesting, but it took me several years to get to that place. Thanks for the comment!

  2. Mary Liz March 20, 2013 at 11:53 pm #

    Wonderful site. So many will be encouraged to be themselves and that will bless this world. It needs more blessings! Thank you for you.

    • Sarah
      Sarah March 22, 2013 at 2:46 pm #

      Thanks Mary!! :)

  3. Howard Beech July 28, 2014 at 1:35 am #

    Sarah – I can’t wait to share these with my three girls. Such a wonderful message as is contained in so many of your writings. Thank you for sharing them with us.


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