was always inside you
but you just couldn't see it
your reflection clouded by rejection
until one spring day
you defied this negative notion
you believed in yourself
and in that clear blue water
you finally saw
a beautiful swan
One of my favorite fairy tales as a child is "The Ugly Duckling" by Hans Christian Andersen. It's a wonderful metaphor about personal transformation and loving ourselves just as we are. When we think positively, we start believing that we are worthy, that we are beautiful inside and out, and that we deserve kindness, love, and happiness.
My poem is my contribution to the Imaginary Garden where Izy invites us to write a "Cliffs Notes" version of our favorite story. I took these photos at the pond in my hometown of Pleasantville, New York. Yellow forsythia is in bloom, and geese and mallards are happily swimming. Spring is definitely here! Enjoy and have a great weekend!
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