There’s been a mural floating around on IG for awhile now, and I knew I had to make my way there, eventually.
It always stuck with me as something I had to visit and see in person. It became more than words painted on a wall over beautiful colors. Over the past year it has been a resounding message. One that reminds me of what I am- regardless of what the world thinks. It became a thought.
And every IG post I saw with beautiful faces posed and smiling in front of it, it became a message that reminded me. Subconscious and subtle, it resonated with me just a strongly as the first time I saw it. It’s powerful. So first I’d like to thank @peterstreetstation, @thepainterbae, @blackgirlbeautifuldotcom and @nikiaphoenix for creating something that has splashed waves of confidence over women and girls like me.
Next, in honor of the last day of #NationalPoetryMonth here’s a poem I wrote for all the brown girls out there who may not feel beautiful. You are. Scroll to read it.
You are everything
A gift, a blessing, and a joy
There is nothing that can stop what’s in you
No matter what they say
You are great, you are greater, you are the greatest
When you look in the mirror
I am beautiful
I am strong
And I know I belong
My magic cannot be measured
Give me anything, it’s transformed
As a girl, as a teen, as a woman
I will be
More than you expected me
Beyond what you could see
And as I travel on my journey
I pray to never forget
How much beauty I add to the world
May I never be upset
The trauma and the scars I curse them
For what they have done to you
Whether they come from society or family
You were built to make it through
Remember always to share love and never become cold
Be the beautiful brown girl you are
You were made to change the world.
***I hope this has inspired you and reminded you in some way. If you want to visit, the Hey Brown Girl You’re Beautiful mural is located at 333 Peters street Atlanta, Ga.