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Today I Will Cherish Every Part of Me

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We hear it on the radio, our favorite song comes on.

“I love this part,” I say.

Why can’t we say this same thing about our bodies?

 –Eman Elbarbary

 

“I love this part, here, this scar from a summer day when I was too full of my youth

This curve, where a lover presses their lips and whispers ‘Like this, always.’

The crease in my face when I smile that holds in its shadow every smile”

“I love this part,” and I’ll trace my fingers over the ridge of a muscle that rises when I pick up my child and swing her on my hip

Stroking my neck, I’ll say, “I love the vocal chords that let me say to a friend, ‘I am so sorry.’

The slope of my ears that listen and the hair of my eyebrows that crease when her words spill out all night

I love this part- the bulge that makes my knees bend, that gets sore and protests when I spend too long biking in the sun

The part that puckers my lips to kiss

The softness in the palms of my hands that tells people that they are known, seen, loved”

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