Poem: It’s Not For Us to Prove Our Value

This beautiful image was snapped at the Botanic Gardens in our city.  Something about her caught my eye… both at the gardens and now, as I was writing this poem.  I hope you see it too.  Her words… Her soul…  and my, she’s a beauty!


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In the space

Between interactions,

The stilted moments

Between hello

And goodbye,

There is a silence

That grows in the soul

A fear

Of familiar pain

Or rejection

But know

That often,

Moments alone

Are necessary

For sometimes

We need to

Trace our own beauty

Know our own value

And follow our own rules,

Even if others misunderstand.

It is not for us – to prove ourselves

Nor is it our goal to sing someone else’s song

Our value goes much deeper than skin

And if someone cares enough to try

They will surely know.


© Sumyanna 2018



© Sumyanna 2018


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