luminosityto the girl across the room,More Like This
with collarbones that jut out like angel's wings
and a wobbly smile that fails to balance—
you have the saddest eyes i have ever seen,
as though you truly believe that
everyone simply looks right through you.
but i don't, and i can see:
i see you shivering in the roasting heat
while the girls around us fan themselves;
i see you measuring your life not in goals achieved
but in the visible number of vertebra that march down your back;
i see you hiding in the bathroom stalls after a bite of a muffin
to empty yourself until the air vibrates with humming alarm.
i see you in your entirety,
much more clearly than you ever could
so believe me
when i say you are already beautiful,
and that the only thing
i would change at all
would be the way you see yourself.