Best version of you

I’ve started writing for BodyMindSoul Mag a few months ago. In contrast to the largely negative tone of mass media and social media these days, BodyMindSoul aims to spread good vibes, encourage a positive outlook and promote a happy and healthy lifestyle.

My poem ‘Best version of you’ was published in Vol. 12 of the magazine. It is a poem intended to promote positive body image among females, but perhaps a few males here and there can identify with its message too. Beauty and fashion magazines, advertisements and the like show us photoshoped and airbrushed photos of impossible perfection, and that has made impressionable people dissatisfied and even depressed with their less-than-perfect looks and bodies.

The message in the poem is that we are the best version of us, because every person is unique and no two are the same. We should appreciate and love ourselves more and not compare ourselves to the unreal and the unnatural.

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Why do you try so hard?

As writers, what can we say? Does what we say matter? Can we truly make a difference in the world through our words? That was my thought for today, and so that first thought led to the urge to write a social commentary.

 

Best version of you

Why
Why do you
Why do you try?
Try so hard?

Just be
Be yourself
Just love yourself
Love all your curves

Do you know, girl
You are the best
The best version
Best of you

Your hair
Your skin
Your nose
Your eyes

Your waist
Your eyebrows
Your arms and legs
Your curves and valleys

You are the best version
The best version of you
You should love
Love yourself

You don’t need
Don’t need to
Try so very hard
To please others

Because, girl
Don’t you know?
You are the best
Best version of you

An original poem by
Khor Hui Min
14 July 2014

 

Inspiration
This poem was inspired by the single Try by Grammy Award-winning, singer-songwriter Colbie Caillat. The song was released on her new EP, Gypsy Heart Side A. It makes a strong statement about beauty ideals. Actually, I wrote the poem while I was listening to the song. 🙂  You can see the video and hear the song at LifeBuzz.

Poetic style
This poem was written in the style of a shape poem. A shape poem describes something in prose as well as shape. To find out more about shape poems, visit the Young Writers’ Website.