You Are Whole

The Caterpillar and Alice looked at each other for some time in silence: at last the Caterpillar took the hookah out of its mouth, and addressed her in a languid, sleepy voice. ‘Who are you?’ said the Caterpillar. This was not an encouraging opening for a conversation. Alice replied, rather shyly, ‘I — I hardly know, sir, just at present — at least I know who I WAS when I got up this morning, but I think I must have been changed several times since then.’ – Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll

You are whole

Remind yourself
that spray tans and acrylics
cannot accessorise your soul.
Don’t let stilettos substitute
your inner wealth
and remember:
you are whole.

Don’t spend your time
hook-a-ducking lovers
while your own heart dulls to coal.
Don’t map your worth
by valentines.
Throw them out.
You are whole.

Fill your hours with your whims
and guiltless pleasure
not the virtues others extol.
Drink a cup of kindness
to your own health
for you are you.
And you are whole.

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