It’s okay to sit alone at a cafe,
write on a napkin about your day
drink tea and fall in love with the way you fall in love
sip on the strangers passing by,
please be kind
live life with open eyes and arms,
twirl in the middle of a grocery store,
buy a tub of ice cream, sometimes,
but only sometimes and
crack their faces like an egg
and bake the most delicious of cakes
let them smile with you
life doesn’t have to be lived inside of the grays.
feel your humanity connecting through a simple smile
or an how are you
and please don’t ask
how are you
unless it flows from a river of authenticity
and realistically you will have moments
where your brain wants to escape your body
and your body will feel like a prison,
breaking bruises over your skull
please open your mouth and stick out your tongue
and taste life like snowflakes in a January storm
and know that it’s okay to taste something sour sometimes-
but you have to continue to try.
live inside of a bathtub for a night,
go to sleep alone
and put your hand over your chest
to feel your heart beating
and breathing is something we take for granted-
please don’t each each other for granted.
It’s okay to wear lipstick
or to not.
Fall in love with boys, or fall in love with girls,
but please fall in love with the love inside of yourself.
It’s okay to feel,
and leave yourself raw and real
living for the moments lips spread wide like summer sunset sky,
let rivers of shivers ripple through your spine,
it’s okay to cry, too-
even the clouds do it.
But it’s not okay to sit at home all day,
wishing and waiting constantly for someone to save you.
Taking razor blades to your mind,
begging for someone to crave you.
It’s not okay to never be alone sometimes,
to hide tears and never wipe your own eyes.
Those things, are not okay.
Submitted to ArtParasites by Abbie Young