A Letter to Love Yourself


Love yourself.
Do not believe society’s concept of beauty
Cause truly
You are a masterpiece
created by the Master,
you are beautiful
you are skin and bones
you are not made of metaphors
Your strength is fire, it’s never ending
You are not a mistake,
let no one hold your power
You are the Queen
of your tower!

love letter to yourself

You’ve found the strength to keep going, hold on just a little longer, what doesn’t kill you makes you a conqueror
you’ve got to be brave, David, conquer your Goliath and slay!
Just, love yourself
I’m not talking about getting a new pair of shoes with your fresh taper cut or your brows on fleek, edges sleeked, so you shared a tweet and now you’re feeling yourself
I’m talking about
Heal yourself
from the root of your core

Because if you won’t acknowledge who you truly are, then what is your purpose for?

So, this to society’ that made you feel like your Black is not a boastful believer
and this is to society’ that made you feel unsatisfied with the skin you’re in.
Fall in love with your imperfections:
Skin, smile, face, collar bones, because you are a blessing, don’t second guess it
I absolutely,
Love me, Unconditionally
Do not believe in society’s concept of beauty cause truly,
You are a Masterpiece.

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Dralandra is an award-winning spoken word poet, arts educator, curator, and the co-editor of Cracked Walnut’s anthology “Rewilding Hope, 2023” based in Minneapolis. Through performance, she weaves together words, rhythm, and intimacy to create a safe space for healing & self-discovery. She invites her audience to confront their own traumas and find strength in vulnerability. Her work is rooted in the art of healing, spirituality, community, self-love, and liberation. Her poetry not only serves as a form of therapeutic release for herself but also for those who listen to her words. Publication of her work has appeared in the Minnesota Women’s Press, Witness Writers, The Agates, and other anthologies. She’s collaborated and competed on platforms including the MN Black Authors Expo, Button Poetry, TruArtSpeaks, Black Business Ball Enterprise, and Green Room. Her impact goes beyond the stage. She serves on the Cracked Walnut board of directors, and is a member of the League of MN Poets & Art to Change the World. Her poetic expression is a platform for advocacy, using spoken word to shed light on social issues & uplift marginalized communities. She is also the creator of the "Pocket Poetry Dispenser" at Next Chapter Booksellers in St. Paul, MN. Visit dralandrawrites.com for more of her work.


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