Forgive me
I am still learning to love myself
learning that I am beautiful
that I am not too loud
too proud
too black
too much
and not enough
I am learning to grow
to love
to trust
I am learning to accept that I am not boring
That my poetry is good
that people care about me
That I matter
Please be patient with me
I am also learning to love me.
And I promise with a little patience
You will learn to love me too.