My darling friend (codename Salarcon) is consistently more joyful than many of us put together. She has her struggles, as do all of us, but she has an incredible peace in the midst of those struggles, as do few of us.
She is also a Poetry Slam Goddess and host of a new YouTube poetry program, and her recent poem (below) is about joy — whatever the circumstances.
Life is short, my friends. Whether you are concerned about your orientation or you child’s, or falsely afraid that God does not love you or approve of you, or afraid you somehow do not deserve to be at the table with everyone else, please. You don’t have to do that to yourself.
It’s time to love yourself… hard.
Enjoy Salarcon’s poem… <3
“I’ve got sunshine on a cloudy day
Whether it’s cold outside I’ve got the month of…”
Amanda dances around her living room
She finished her senior thesis
Amanda receives her diploma,
and snaps a selfie with our President
I post about my Marathon on facebook
“You’re my hero” Amanda says
“You’re Mine,” I say back
Three twenty-somethings travel east
In the back seat
Car meets median,
Three weeks in a coma
Amanda never woke back up
This, Is what she taught me.
Run like your legs will never get tired.
Run like your heart will never stop beating.
Run until you can feel your heart in your hands.
Show all of your teeth when you smile
Let a stranger catch your smile on their lips.
Love with your entire body.
Kiss the one you love on the mouth.
Kiss ‘em so hard you knock their teeth out.
Love does not exist in side hugs
She only knows bodies becoming one
Don’t be ashamed of crying
Tears are the love that is inside you
Don’t apologize for them
Tears mean letting go.
Call your sister.
Tell her you love her and you’re sorry.
Just do it.
Today could be your last day here.
Don’t leave your life in ellipses…
Instead, leave behind a giant
Make mistakes bigger than Texas.
Laugh when you put cereal in the fridge
And milk in the pantry.
When you laugh,
Don’t be self-conscious.
Double chin that shit.
Don’t pick yourself apart in your mirror.
Instead, try to see what God sees
You have a beautiful soul.
If you can’t see your soul through that thick layer of self-doubt
Then take it off.
When you look in the mirror,
All you should see is yourself.
Love yourself hard.
Recognize what matters and what doesn’t.
This is the difference between loving your life
And loathing it.
Now is always a good time to start doing
What you want to do.
Tomorrow is a dream.
Yesterday is not today
Two years from now is an excuse.
Amanda, your light still shines
So Hear me when she says,
“The only time that is real is RIGHT NOW.”