poem: learning

i am learning,
little by little,
that my body is stronger
than the mountains that tried
to break me down into rubble.

that my heart is tougher
than the trees rooting around it
and wrapping far too tight.

i am learning,
slowly learning,
that i am worth
more to myself
alive and bright,

than i am worth
to the world
when it tries to
bury me underground.

i am worth the sunshine,
i am worth the rains,
i am worth the treetops,
i am worth all the pain.

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