Growth and Change- Poem by Yasmeen Abunasrah
I continue to ponder on who I used to be,
With some changes, we all would agree.
Hoping to learn to love myself,
I reach within my mental bookshelf,
Thinking there was an immediate answer.
Scrolling through memories, reminded of when I used to be a dancer,
I realized, it wasn’t only some changes, I was different.
I thought it was quite magnificent.
Everyone had left, no one had stayed.
Throughout my life, I had always felt betrayed.
Sitting alone in the darkness, I looked in the mirror,
If I don't love myself, how could I love much bigger?
Years passed, and I had finally figured out the puzzle,
I stopped trying to find a home within others, it always led to a puddle.
I had to reach for one only within my mind,
It took time, but I had finally found one specifically designed.
Continuously repeating a daily reminder,
She has a wall built up, with a universe behind her,
Change, change, change, it repeated,
I felt like I wasn’t accepted as who I was, I felt defeated.
I had decided to ultimately choose myself, over others,
Do what makes you happy, and you’ll find a ray of colors.