A resting bitch face? – so they say. Maybe.
But it doesn’t matter anyway.
Their opinion of you is irrelevant.
You don’t owe them your smile. It’s reserved for whom and when you choose.
Just because he may speak to you and you may even speak back,
Doesn’t mean he gets to inhale your time and invade your space
You don’t owe them your words or your minutes.
He calls you beautiful or pretty or baby or honey
He doesn’t know you. You’re the prize. You’re the jewel.
You don’t owe him your beauty or your sweet scent
You are a black woman
Unapologetically honey and golden hibiscus
An ancestral infringement upon your melanin.
But that does not matter.
You do not owe them an excuse or an explanation.
You are more than enough
You are black enough.
You are who you are meant to be.
a warrior spirit
You will not say you’re sorry if you are not.
You will not tell him that you love him if you don’t.
If they don’t speak their grievances to you, then it doesn’t count,
nor does it matter.
tell the story as you see it.
You are discovering your own truths, so they cannot
Disarm you with theirs. You do not scare easily.
There is no need to compete and never compare.
You are sufficiently seductive and satisfied in your own temple,
Where both your spirit and body dwell.
You’re not impressed by their big shiny things
You are more interested in the places in their souls
That are dark and hidden, cracked and unloved.
But they cannot have your soul without showing you
theirs – laid bare, raw and naked.
You want the real and You need the righteous .
Your soul soars with the universal vibrations of
Wellness and harmony. Your profound gratitude
to the Most High God
Is endless, but your understanding is not.
You are not lackluster leftover carnage
You are deliciously divine and dazzling
You are not here solely for his pleasure or his penis
Your vagina is not submissive to his whims, entertainment or
Amusement. It is not a hole to be filled. Instead, it is a
Garden of goodness with guava and nectar . The sun and the moon.
the entry to life.
If you choose him, then the stars will belong to you both.
You do not owe yourself to him.
But should you choose to share your
Sparkle and splendidness with him,
You are the dream come true for the dreamer.
He cannot steal your joy if he leaves because
You are comfortable in solitude and that is
Where you first discovered your SELF and your worth. SELF love
And SELF care were waiting there for you, too.
You were already in love before you met him.
But should you decide to invite him to get
Acquainted with your aura and your essence, he will love you.
Neither a queen nor a diva. You are not a woman for the meek or mild.
You are simply a woman who will release her flowers and sweetness
Upon the deserving but Who will not waste her time or his if he’s not.
You do not owe him a glance or a second thought.
Awake and audacious – you never
Need to be “handled,” only understood – or not.
Either way, You are more than enough.
Artist Credit: Maratamara