Take It from Someone Who Knows

by Hanna Thomas Uose

 

You must love yourself
Here’s how you do it:

Forget about your mother and father
Meet them only in your dreams

Accept your age and always think it young

Pay attention to the crawl that creeps
Up your spine when not attuned
Then do the opposite
of whatever you are doing

Place your finger on what you need
And ask for it
(Or give it to yourself)

Ask it: what would I enjoy today
Don’t ask it: what will they think of me

Wear soft things and hard armour
Take them off for special people

Get a dog
Kiss the mirror
Run

Hanna Thomas Uose is a British Japanese writer and cultural worker living in London. Her poetry has previously been published in the Bad Form Review. She is currently working on her first novel. Instagram: @hannamade