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Accept Me For Me

The following is a poem I wrote as a senior in high school. I can remember dealing with many insecurities and issues about my own self and how others viewed me. People were quick to point out what I lacked…all of my “if only you were…” I finally came to the realization that I had to accept everything about myself; my hair, my lips, my nose shape, my skin tone, my height, my body size. This poem was the result of that moment of self-acceptance. 

I may not have

The long, light-brown hair

You so often fantasize,

And I may not have

A slender nose

Or sultry hazel eyes.


But I do have

Talents of sorts

And many abilities,

So I ask that you

Look beyond my outward appearance

And accept me for me


I may not be

The tall mystery

That attracts all of your affection,

And I may not have

The shapes and curves

And an unblemished, fair complexion.


But I do have

An open heart

And an unblemished inward beauty,

So once again

All I ask of you

Is to accept me for me.


Do I sound too bold?

Do I sound too proud?

Or maybe even too profound?

It’s just that I’ve seen

This inward part of me

And I’m pleased with what I’ve found.


Even though I’m not the image

You desire so much

The one of your fantasies,

It’s just that I’m striving

To be the very best

So just accept me for me.


Bag Lady

The song “Bag Lady” by Erykah Badu spoke volumes to me and the imagery of the video was reminiscent to Ntozake Shange’s Broadway production of For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf.  Early in life I can remember seeing a theatrical production of it on PBS and later seeing a live production of it by a local play group The Afro American Players.

With this song and play in mind, I ask the question,

What access baggage are you keeping around?

We sometimes hold on to that baggage because it’s familiar to us, it’s what we know. But just because it’s familiar doesn’t mean it’s good. It’s just that it has become so much a part of our existence that we can’t imagine life without it.

It’s time to purge yourself of those things, those feelings that weigh you down. Clear out those areas of your heart and make room for those positive and good feelings. Welcome in those things that give you life and bring you joy.

Like Erykah Badu sang,

“One day all them bags gon’ get in your way”

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