Nayyirah Waheed: Emotional Nutrition

i will tell you, my daughter
of your worth
not your beauty
every day. (you beauty is a
given. every being is born
beautiful).
knowing your worth
can save your life.
raising you on beauty alone
you will be starved.
you will be raw.
you will be weak.
an easy stomach.
always   in   need   of   someone
telling you how
beautiful you are.

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