Approval

All the things I have done—
they were never about improving myself.
They are always about hating myself
a little less each day.
It is not others’ approval I seek,
it is my own.

I cannot pretend
that I have never seen myself
as a mistake:
an astronomical blunder,
a colossal joke of all existence.

How lovely would it be
if I could stop feeling worthless
and accept my every quirk
without judgements.
How I wish I could just be
unequivocally,
unapologetically
me.

© 2018 Cassian Vu

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