the words you
feed your body

the world
will not tell you
“you are beautiful”
as they can not
profit off these

they will instead
feed you words full of
“not good enough”
and supply you with a solution
as dessert.

so you end up full,
and yet still starving.
still craving.
still questioning
your worth.

and so you buy
their words,
again and again.
you keep coming back.
keep trading in your wealth
for worth.

until when?

until you are broke.
until you have broken.
until you have too
many solutions,
and still not one
can solve the one

the root:
their lie.
they told you
these things,
not to satisfy you,
or give you peace.
but to fill their own
bottomless pockets.

you are their income,
you are their success,
but only if you are first,
a failure to yourself.

you see,
they cannot
afford for you to
be confident,
to feel beautiful,
to be good enough
for yourself.

for how can they
profit off someone
who believes
they are everything
they are searching for?

they cannot.
so know this.
understand their logic,
their rooted message.

they are hidden in
plain sight,
targeted towards
young women
and girls like us.

find your cravings.
find where you still
believe the “not good enough’s”
and fill them.
not with their words,
but with your own
sweet words of love.

in the beginning
you will not
be accustomed to
this appetite,
but keep nourishing
your body.
soon she will be full,
fully satisfied.
fully confident,
and no longer
in search for solutions
wrapped in empty words.
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Poem + Illustrations by Jolie Brownell
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