I opened my eyes this morning,
Fought the tease to stay hidden
underneath linen comforts
Last night, I left my phone in another room
so its screen wouldn’t swallow me
before I could even savor the day.
I took a long, hot shower.
Though I felt guilty for not conserving water,
It was too hard to resist the pouring medicine.
I dried myself in anticipation for the raw shea butter that could then
Smooth my skin,
And I took my skin in, eczema, Black, and all.
I brushed my teeth and clothed myself,
remembering that as God dresses the wildflowers,
Beautiful and Unworried,
So he would provide for me.
I toasted two frozen Strawberry Eggos,
(Because I’ve never been the bougie type)
You know the kind with the likely artificial fruit,
And I burned them to an edible brown.
Before I walked out the door,
I prayed that I would love myself today –
Even if I would get no applause from the world.