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Self Love

They say you cannot love someone if you do not love yourself
But loving yourself has nothing to do with feeling for someone else
I know because I spent many years severely hating myself
But I often felt deep love for friends I considered to be top shelf
They inspired love in my heart, which for myself was not ever true
I always wondered why when they would earnestly say "I love you"
In my mind I did not deserve love but with them that was not true
To love myself was something for me that always was taboo
You cannot force love on someone, this has always been true
But what do you do when the person you can't love seems to always be you

A poem about my past. I no longer feel this way.

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  1. Date: 7/13/2013 7:31:00 PM
    Wow April - this is a great poem...that final line of the poem..........just such a heartfelt moment. Glad you are no longer feeling this way.....i too have had issues with loving thyself......I could relate in some ways to your poem.....Good Read for me....Shaz

  1. Date: 7/4/2013 7:50:00 AM
    Such honesty in this write, april. I love the natural way it flows, and I can relate as I have been there before...ty4sharing...Cheriex

  1. Date: 7/2/2013 5:50:00 PM
    Btw... Love this epic line: To love myself was something for me that always was taboo !!! XD

  1. Date: 7/2/2013 5:48:00 PM
    Welcome to Greetings from deep in my heart. Isn't that love quote true though? Anyway, wonderful job and magnificent poem. I can relate to this as well. I give this poem a 7 take care a d thanks for commenting on my poem - D. W. Breidenthal

  1. Date: 7/2/2013 9:11:00 AM
    Some strong points you made here. I can relate to this. Very nice work!

  1. Date: 7/1/2013 6:45:00 PM
    A sad verse a hard lesson too, you try to figure out why, it's the only answer, talk to folks who can help like a minister, or a counselor, keep a journal, keep writing and trying to figure it out! Everyone needs to be loved! Light & Love