“You are worth more than the marigolds” I am assured by my loving mother as a child I believe her because the beauty in everything flow’rs and flourishes when you’re young The world is yours to take, everyone is yours to meet, everything is yours to do; and I believe her.
“You are worth more than the marigolds” My first friend at school proclaims, and I believe them. We’ve tackled ***** training and preschool, now onto the playground and phonics! We run and run together, taking the world like we’ve whispered once before; and I believe them.
“You are worth more than the marigolds” The middle school test scores announce, and I believe them. Primary school is in the past and I’m ready for responsibility! I put on makeup to feel pretty, care about my grades more than the teachers believe and flash my smile to the boys who spit “compliments” at my feet; and I believe them.
“You are worth more than the marigolds” but.. I don’t believe them anymore. I’ve gained just enough confidence to smile at everyone in the halls in case they are having a bad day. Suddenly my youthful euphoric vision is graffitied with hateful words and violence. I run and constantly chase the innocence of the world, being surrounded by darkness. My self esteem has hit an all time low. Why is the world this way? My friends and I chase what we used to believe and end up in deep holes; and I don’t believe them anymore.
“You are worth more than the marigolds” And it doesn’t matter. I have lost all hope of finding that beauty. My heart is an aching mess of “I love you”’s But all I hear is “you are meaningless” Slowly these phrases of deep hate sear into my soul I hear them every day and every night You are meaningless You are not worthy You could not possibly be good enough Until I wake up one dismal morning to realize that I have been defined by the ones around me.
“You are worth more than the marigolds” ..and enough! Because even my friends who say I’m worth something turn around and sneer at others like they can’t too be loved. Because while the world screams “I hate people” I whisper “but I don’t”. But that doesn’t matter in the grand scheme of things because we’ll find someone who loves us, right? No. Our words between just us mean nothing if we spin around and spit in others’ faces.
And we know we hurt because we’ve been hurt but we don’t stop, none of us stop.
I dream of a world that screams a vulnerable “I love you” out into the world instead of a pulsing “I hate you” And a world that remembers that we are all worthy of love and not only the kind that makes you blush.
“You are worth more than the marigolds” The phrase I’ve heard since I was in my mother’s gentle hold can only mean so much when you think you’re crumpled. Stashed away until you’re needed always feeling so defeated but the truth not told enough to our weakened souls We are all worth more than the marigolds