Poetry on Odyssey: Dear Self

Poetry on Odyssey: Dear Self

Sometimes we can be really hard on ourselves and we don't have to be.
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Dear Self


Dear Self,

I'm sorry.

I'm sorry for pointing out your flaws every waking day.

I never tell you how beautiful you truly are,

Finding something new to bring you down once again.


I mean no one is flawless but your flaws make you,

And I haven't told you how important they are.

One look in the mirror turns into a judgement session,

Rather than praising you and uplifting you, I tear you down.

Your head is big, hair a mess, pimples are forming, is that a double chin?


Your arms got fatter, your stomach is getting bigger.

There's no chance at romance. I mean girl, just give up.

With a body like that, no one will want you.

Just stop eating, what's so hard about that?

Why are you crying?


God, I'm sorry I'm doing it again.

I focus too much on what society wants from you.

Every change YOU want can only be done for YOU.

Girl, you have to love yourself before others can love you.

Yes, you are a bit chubby than most, small changes can turn that around.


When you look in the mirror,

Remind yourself that you are beautiful. Flaws included.

You should see your eyes first, and notice that they are the sea.

Ready to let lovers dive into your grace.

You should see cupid bow lips, a soft rose pink,

And let us not forget the outstanding person that you are.


Looks and perceptions of others are not what define you.

How you decide to view yourself is how others will see you too.

I'll stop being hard on you, even though sometimes it just happens.

You're worth the world and it is better with you IN IT.



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There is an automatic assumption that because we are not with a man we are single. Without the dominating presence of a man other men feel safe to come on to women in lesbian relationships, whether they know we are together or not. We aren't always in a safe situation to say we are together so if he doesn't pick up on the social cues it only gives us two options: politely laugh and attempt to remove ourselves from the situation or say we aren't interested. Both options are equal in undesirability and saying we are uninterested can lead to them just pushing harder. The boyfriend card usually works, but lying about our relationship makes us feel terrible.

The fetishizing of lesbian couples and threesomes are a problem because of media and porn. They hyper-sexualize lesbian relationships until they are nothing but sex. From this the winning question, "Do you want to have a threesome?" With the assumption both or one woman in the relationship is a lesbian and not bisexual, pansexual, or etc. A threesome with a man is completely out of the question. The thing about lesbians is that we like women not men, a threesome with a man goes against our identity as a lesbian and makes no sense. And even if both women are bisexual a normal man wouldn't walk up to a straight couple and pop the question of a threesome. So don't do it to us.

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