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August 5, 2016

Do me a favour, old pal, old friend

Look at yourself in the mirror, and keep looking.

Look at yourself until you can love yourself


Look at yourself until you can love yourself

Enough so that others can love you too


Start with those lovely eyes, so manic right now

So restless with pain and suspicion

With desperate, greedy hope


Look at yourself until you can love yourself

Enough so that others can love you too


The rest all looks lovely to me, as always

So calmly attend to all the uglinesses that you see and go on about endlessly

And breathe steadily, as you look at yourself


Look at yourself until you can love yourself

Enough so that others can love you too


Stand erect and proud!

Honest, as always, maybe not quite so loud?

Own it, don’t be owned by it, whatever it is, don’t break it


Look at yourself until you can love yourself

Enough so that others can love you too


Why don’t you love yourself?

What have you done? You’re innocent, remember?

Or have you, like everybody else, stopped listening and moved on?


Look at yourself until you can love yourself

Enough so that others can love you too


Look at those poor unhappy, tired eyes looking back at you

Drive away all their anger and fear, with a wink or a blink or whatever

Until, full of forgiveness at last, the muscles relax and the vision brightens


Look at yourself until you can love yourself

Enough so that others can love you too


So, when you’re ready to make friends again with all the world

You may step away from the mirror and approach me, quietly, gently…

What’s that? I should look in the mirror too? Ridiculous! Get off! Don’t dare repeat what I say to you,


Look at yourself until you can love yourself

Enough so that others can love you too

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One Comment
  1. Fred permalink

    Stand erect and proud!!!!!!

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