FinallyI am not minimized by myself My thoughts or doubts about the size of my shell But now I sway my hips and the curve of my charm I no longer comb my hair or dry it straight I don’t bother to pull it back I let it fall into the curls into which it wants to cascade. I smile around the eye lines I have earned and the glory that I have learned to truly smile at all. In a world that had wanted nothing more than to change me, I have struck gold in the spaces of my inspiration, my courage, and my vulnerability. I have found a voice and she is my own. I have found a gaze and she is learning to see it all for what it is… A life unfolding… Still.