It's not the length of your heels
and the ability to walk them that
defines your strength.....
It's when your courage has
been blistered and made
swollen by life's odd yet you still
continue walking like you've just
It's not your colorblocking
eyeshadows and mascaras that
exude your motherly care.....
It's your cry and compassion in
your eyes for the man in the
street without a home, the child
on a winter's day without shoes
on his feet.
It's the cry for that family
It's your will to want to embrace
the stranger passing by the
wayside of the road.
It's not your lengthy earrings
that display your
It's when you want to
understand the next person's
story, be it a fellow taxiseat
neighbour, fellow worker, fellow
stranger you just met.
It's not the golden, bronze,
shiny bracelets and bangles that
display your inner strength.....
It's your ability to carry other
people's load yet you still have
your own to consider.
You are not defined by your skin
type, latest trend, make-up and
You are beautiful already......
You have been adorned with
beauty on the inside
Your strength is within,
Let it out.....Let it out.
Yes, put on your stilletos,
Put on your golden, bronze,
shiny bracelets and bangles
But do not....
I say again do not let it shadow
your inner beauty
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