by Francesca Zelnick

What You Are

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You are the question and you are the answer. You are the giver and you are the gift. You are the dream and the dreamer. You are the blossom and the seed.

You are possibility. You are potential. You are success and defeat. You are chances taken and opportunities missed. You are the gains and the losses. You are what you carry with you and what you leave behind. You are what’s remembered and forgotten.

You are the homes you have lived in. You are the people you have lived with. You are the body that houses the soul and you are the soul that dwells there. You are the guests you have invited in. You are the host forever making room. You are the door that opens and closes. You are the hearth that warms.

You are the poetry that slipped beneath your skin with and without your knowledge. You are every word you have ever read. You are the sentences you’ve lovingly underlined. You are the careful notes in the margin. You are the paragraphs and the chapters. You are the story, beginning to end.

You are the writer and you are the reader. You are the artist and the art. You are every color of the spectrum and then some. You are the canvas. You are the brush stokes. You are the masterpiece.

You are the lyrics and melodies to all of your favorite songs. You are the characters and scripts from all of your favorite movies. You are the star of your reality. You are the dialogues and soliloquies. You are the performance. You are the show. You are the creation and creator.

You are your inner monologues. You are your conversations. You are your parents and children and friends. You are the teacher and you are the student. You are all that you know and have yet to learn.

You are how the world sees you. You are how you see yourself. You are private and you are public. You are unique and you belong.

You are like everyone else and you are like no one else. You are independent and dependent. You are want and you are need. You are gratitude and you are desire. You are safety and you are adventure. You are laughter and you are tears.

You are the things that excite you and the things that scare you. You are the things that get you out of bed. You are the hours and the days and the ways you choose to fill them. You are the experiences. You are the thoughts. You are all of the many feelings.

You are the things that you love. And you are loved. And you are love.

You are the capacity to love. You are the product of love. Your life stems from love. Your heart reaches for love. You are the love that you breathe in.

You are the light and the darkness. You are the pains and the joys. You are the explorer and you are the journey. You are the person you were and the person you will become and the person you are right now in this very moment.

You are you.

And you are enough.

Comments on: "What You Are" (6)

  1. AND YOU ARE… EVERYTHING AND BEAUTIFUL, FRANCESCA!!!

  2. Thank you Francesca. It is beautiful.

  3. Ahhhh! Thank you. Favorite line, “You are the poetry that slipped beneath your skin with and without your knowledge. You are every word you have ever read. You are the sentences you’ve lovingly underlined. You are the careful notes in the margin. You are the paragraphs and the chapters. You are the story, beginning to end.”

    I think you hold the tension of opposites quite well my friend. So beautiful.

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