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This is Dedicated to a Weirdo

Updated on March 29, 2015

Baby girl,
do what you need to do.
Be sure to hold your ground
don't let anyone
write your truth for you.
Before bed, wash your face
and tell yourself you're beautiful.
And when you wake up in the morning
thank God for that beauty.

There's no doubt that they wanna box us in.
By "they" I don't just mean men.
There are women who tear down
other women.
I don't get it.
The struggle is real
isn't it?

Why is there so much talk
about body image,
but so many are afraid
to embrace their differences?

I'm starting to think
they wanna see us
in compromising positions.
They want our heads hanging down
afraid to take pictures.
They wanna stare and point
like we're a freak show.
I'll be a freak show
cause I see hope when others don't.

It's getting hard
but I tell myself
that I can't lose.
When I am down,
I don't let anyone know
I'm blue.
I don't wanna live a lie,
but I can't win if they see me cry.
I know who I am inside.

When I get home,
I release my pride
and strip down from
my facade.
All I've got left
is curves and tattoos.
My tattoos and curves
are all that make sense
when I wash my face at night
and tell myself I'm beautiful.
So when I wake up in the morning,
I thank God for that beauty.

As I try to drift to sleep,
it's hard to find peace
cause I think about you
and ask myself
"when will she find relief?"
Baby girl, I'm curious to see what
works for you.

I know you've gotta grow
and make your own mistakes,
but I want to protect you.
I would hate to see
you fall into something fake.
I hope you don't just go with the flow.
Do you know how many times
I've been called a "weirdo"?
It doesn't matter.
It's a term of endearment
in a sense.
Address it
with passion
and then own it
cause you're beautiful, weirdo.

Pretty girl,
do what you need to do.
Be sure to hold your ground
don't let anyone
write your truth for you.


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    • Ryem profile image

      Ryem 3 years ago from Maryland

      Yes, it's time to embrace the weirdness! Thanks so much, Stacey. : )

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      Stacey Kay 3 years ago from Upstate Ny

      Amazing writing, I love every word, and can definitely relate to be called weird among other things... I love how you can put a positive spin on it :)

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      Ryem 3 years ago from Maryland

      Harish, you are absolutely wonderful. Thank you so much for commenting!

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      Harish Mamgain 3 years ago from India, New Delhi

      Ryem, a cute and lovely kid in the picture above and a strong lady giving so wonderful piece of advice to her. The word " weird " is, no doubt, a laughable term but if a guy is fiercely independent in her/his outlook, options, thoughts, wardrobes, actions etc.. , such weirdness sometimes is very fruitful and constructive to oneself and the society as well. The nature has blessed us with this human existence to experience for a certain period and we must cherish every breath, every moment, every beat of our heart, every wave of our thought, in fact, everything that goes in the outer and inner world of us. At the same time, as we pick up roses, we should also face thorns along with them. This piece is very encouraging and with that staunch zeal and vivacity, we must live our life to the hilt. I love your fantastic attitude reflected in this pretty poem. Great work and much food for thought ! Voted up with all my heart. All happiness and piece.

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      Ryem 4 years ago from Maryland

      Thanks for stopping by, Gypsy!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Expressive weirdness.

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      Ryem 4 years ago from Maryland

      Thank you everyone for reading and commenting on my poem! I appreciate all of the positivity!

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Very clever and voted up for sure.

      Enjoy your weekend.


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      Word 4 years ago from Chicago

      I like this article. Very poetic and well expressed. Keep them coming.

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      John Hansen 4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Hurray for beautiful weirdos! What a great poem Ryem, loved every word.

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      mabelhenry 4 years ago from Harrisburlg, Pennsylvania

      Sounds like a massive defining moment. "don't let anyone write your truth for you". You define and qualify the truth of who you are and who you desire to be. Awesome, voted up! The Scriptures call us a peculiar people, in everyday lingo we call it a weirdo. Have a great weekend.

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      Eric Wayne Flynn 4 years ago from Providence, Rhode Island

      Embrace the weird! Interesting poem.