cared
i want to apologize to all the women i have called beautiful
before i’ve called them intelligent or brave
i am sorry i made it sound as though
something as simple as what you’re born with
is all you have to be proud of
when you have broken mountains with your wit
from now on i will say things like
you are resilient, or you are extraordinary
not because i don’t think you’re beautiful
but because i need you to know
you’re more than that
thestoryyouneverknew

Let me tell you a
secret about when
I realized I loved him

it was sometime
after midnight and
we had shed our clothes
and walls like snake skin
and I started believing
in his eyes like I had
found God

I pinched the skin
on my sides, and smiled
with my mouth, but not
with my eyes and I
admitted that I was not
completely happy with myself

(in fact, I have never been
completely anything, I have
always had just one foot
in the water, or half my heart
out in the open)

Shocked, he held and kissed me
and then said (jokingly) that
“Only my opinion matters,
remember?
And I think you’re beautiful,
and I love being with you.”

And oh God, how much I do love being whole again.

Someone put my pieces back together— a sequel by Amanda Katherine Ricketson (via -poetic)