Hello, stranger!

I see your odd gaze–

I just wanted to say you’re beautiful–

Don’t walk away!

I see the way you’re looking at me

Like you don’t believe.

But let me tell you something,

I see what you don’t see.

I see the flaws and bumps and bruises

I see the bags, the slouch, the sighs

I see charms another abuses

I see the lowest of lows and highest of highs

I just wanted to say you’re beautiful

So beautiful, I wish you saw

How gorgeous a gem that thinks its dull–

Please don’t walk away in awe

Perhaps I’m being a bit selfish

I see your beauty all day long

I want to tell you because I wish

Someone else would come along–

And tell me what I myself cannot see.

The road–

The path–

The end–

My mirror returns my hate to me

So though you goad and laugh

Before I can defend,

I do not return my hate to others

For I try to see

What can only be seen

By mothers–

The beauty in the scheme

Of things–

The beauty in the flaws.

For I see the beauty of life in you,

But in me I see nothing at all.

-M. H. Knecht


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