I am so sure about
switching on my invincibility
carefully double-checking in the mirror
while I finished  my make-up.

I vividly remember
initiating my self-confidence
boosting it with often repeated mantras
when I put on my jeans.

I am certain about
activating my courage
wrapping it around me like a shield
when I tied my shoes.

I would have sworn
that no remark of yours
however thoughtlessly uttered
could leave me feeling stark naked.

© november child

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