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Becoming a Dear Guest in Our Own Skin: a Poem

Val enjoys writing rhymed poetry with a valuable message in it.

Could we get excited about being who we are?

Could we get excited about being who we are?

I care for myself. The more solitary, the more friendless, the more unsustained I am, the more I will respect myself.

-- Charlotte Bronte

Have you ever thought of somewhat weird fact

that we are always so nice to all of our guests

with a courtesy, generosity, and friendly tact

while in our skin being intruders and pests.


We entertain them, make them laugh with ease

while time spent with them flies with breeze

we even downsize our ego to appease

exposing jugular in a self - tease.


We are always so quick to apologize

for this or that not turning out the best

being too busy kissing ass as to realize

how we deserve the same as our guest.


At the end we walk them to the front door

concerned they may drift into messy room

again apologizing as to keep high our score

for any possible flaw remaining in their zoom.


So why not invite ourselves to be our dear guest

in our own skin -- and maybe in all of life as well

to treat ourselves with friendliness and the rest

instead of staying imprisoned in that ugly shell.


Now what's making us so undeserving

in our critical eyes seeing "warts and all"

that same act of hospitality so well serving

may upgrade our self-esteem into walking tall.

© 2022 Val Karas