Versions of Beauty
please stop thinking that the only version
of beauty is plaster on billboards
and strung between the covers of magazines.
They’re your own personal constellations.
Your love handles?
Just a little extra you to hold onto.
Your frizzy hair?
The lioness inside you struggling for freedom.
You are so much more than
what the world says you can be.
You are stunning,
inside and out.
of your beauty.
The Beauty in the Breakdown
Things fall apart. But that doesn’t mean they’re no longer beautiful. – WRDSMTH
Just because you are broken, does not mean you are not beautiful. In fact, you are beautiful because of your brokenness. Your beauty lies in the unique way you’ve fit your jagged edges back together to create an entirely new whole, utterly unlike the one you started with.
Your fortitude is gorgeous. Don’t allow yourself to feel shamed by these fragile pieces you’ve worked so hard to salvage. In this world, where broken things are so easily discarded, be proud to have had the strength to stay the course. Be proud that you have not abandoned yourself to the world’s filthy hands. You have looked inside yourself and transformed the pain into prosperity. You have overcome.
So, wear your brokenness like a badge; proof that you have been to the edge, and your strength will always bring you back.
Never forget who you are,
even as the universe tries to
tattoo its constellations onto your skin.
You are your own galaxy,
your stars are enough.
So Much More
We have been boiled down to
the sum of our parts.
we are so much more than
full breasts, flat stomachs,
and the spread of our legs.
We are so much more than
the black hole of satisfaction
you’ve used us for.
We were destined to be
so much more than
fodder for your sexual fantasies.
We are larger than your storytelling,
and we will not be contained by your
Escape the past
it feels good.
Shrug off the disappointment
you thought would crush you,
purge yourself of all the ill feelings
harbored in your gut, hidden from those
who stoked up the malice in your heart.
and let go
of what went wrong.
you’ve been the salt in your own wounds.
But, it’s time to brush off the maggots,
sew up the torn edges,
let it heal.
The Things They Should Have Told Us
you should know –
your beauty comes from your soul,
not from the swing of your hips;
Your power comes from your voice,
not from your loins.
Don’t let the world
take your defiant confidence,
the spirit that blazes like
a beacon in the night.
Though there will be those
who try to steal the best bits of you,
understand that this secret strength is your
You have always been a warrior,
you’ve just been waiting for a battle to fight.
Queens of the World
Don’t let the masses
make you feel anything less than
You are a queen, baby girl.
Grab your scepter,
straighten your crown,
and show this world
how you rule.
Author: JessicaRose Hutchins
Author Bio: Just your average 27 yr old, trying to cure my wanderlust by moving from city to city, and capturing my experiences in verse. I find inspiration in all things, from seemingly insubstantial encounters to my most painful moments. When I began writing, it was to purge myself of all the thoughts and feelings I could never speak aloud; and now, I write to reach others who have felt silenced by their fear (of the world, of themselves, of failure, etc.). Writing has liberated me from that fear, and I hope that sharing my poetry can help others to liberate themselves.
Link to social media or website: Instagram @lady_jrose