Audrey Nichols


Audrey Nichols Quotes

  • ''Beautiful Body

    Sometimes
    When I am feeling disconnected from a crowd of people I'm standing in front of
    When they are staring at me but nothing about the interaction feels of love or understanding
    Not fun or joy
    I ask them to repeat after me
    "I am beautiful"
    And some are more reluctant than others

    I am beautiful should be a given
    Should be a place we begin from
    A foundation we are born into
    but sometimes messages get delivered like the post
    From a stranger always having a bad day

    A body should not beg for acceptance

    We walk around in these bodies
    These protective suits for our tender souls
    We walk around looking like tattered undelivered apology notes
    My flesh is exactly as I need it to be to keep my spirit intact
    Shiny
    But I have been roaming these streets thinking I understood the concept of beauty as it relates to me
    Thinking
    I am beautiful If only I was less or more
    Thinking
    If I weighed less these shallow fools would want to know me
    I've been hiding behind clothes trying to camouflage
    When myself and comfortable is all I've ever wanted to be
    But sometimes
    Comfortable is as lasting as a love I lost long ago

    She said
    "You have a beautiful body"

    I could not comprehend the words
    It was the first time in my entire life I had ever heard these words placed together and directed at me
    When im confused I take big ideas and break them into smaller pieces
    Make them tiny enough to fit my world into

    You have a beautiful body

    YOU
    Meaning me
    Meaning Natalie Patterson
    Daughter of joe frank and lynne
    Meaning mid west American black girl
    With skin and eyes light enough to confuse her own kind
    Meaning my own kind don't recognize me

    You have a beautiful body

    HAVE implies ownership
    meaning I natalie Patterson own something I never paid for
    meaning somethings are free
    meaning I didn't earn it so I don't know the value of it
    Might abuse or take it for granted

    You have a beautiful body

    A meaning one
    Meaning I natalie Patterson own a single thing
    One irreplaceable thing that does indeed die

    You have a beautiful body

    BEAUTIFUL meaning pleasing or satisfying
    Meaning I am appealing and desirable
    Didn't know that
    Have always been pretty with a "but If you only" attached
    Never been just beautiful
    Stated as fact

    You have a beautiful body

    BODY meaning physical structure
    A place the spirit is held in
    And i have never held even my lovers long enough to be good at it

    You have a beautiful body

    I will repeat these words until I am no longer reluctant
    Until these words are a given
    Until they are no longer foreign in my mouth
    I will repeat these words
    I have a beautiful body
    I have a beautiful body
    I have a beautiful body
    Until ownership becomes a privilege
    Until this skin becomes a perfect home
    Weathered and worn over time
    A perfect home
    Whose walls I know well
    Whose stair case
    And old floors creak my favorite song
    I am my own favorite song that I am just now learning all the words to
    But I wanna sing you
    Sing you til the song sticks

    I have a beautiful body period.''
    Natalie Pattersons Poem, 'Beautiful Body' from her website, natalieispoetry.wordpress.com
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