Love from a Distance

Overflowing with emotion,

the price i’d pay for love? My last token.

Thank you’s and I forgive you’s are left unspoken.

I love you’s are seen as jokes and,

quick like the sand I disappeared again.

No longer seeking to love in a life of sin.

Chasing my dreams and conquered goals are my win.

Even if that meant letting go of the then.

Currently in the present envisioning your grin,

a masquerade for the pain that is buried within.

I say a prayer aloud, “Lord, watch over him”.

I pray you find you and thank the Lord, amen.

Two By Two- by Doux Cherie

Dear 22,

I’m writing this letter to you

Asking for this year to be filled with love

And blessings from the man above.

I’m asking for maturity

And for my rose to open and blossom;

To have strength to walk with confidence.

And to show the world I am promise

I am coming into this new age,

Using another strategy to win this game

Where I allow the inner me to come out

And for some I may not be the same.

 

Fuckboys must digress.

 

And only real men hold my attention.

And if he exemplifies the real definition of a man,

Then he won’t mind riding with me in my expansion.

Another step closer to graduation

And having a career, so my parents can relax.

 

Everything I do is for them.

 

It’s my gratitude and payback.

And with this positivity,

I need my friends by my side

Helping me grown and sharing growth

Cause we’re all on the same ride;

To go out I this world

And Have my head high. And not be afraid

To take what’s mine

Whether it’s in my fro or my braids.

I gotta set an example for my sisters

That women can conquer all

And no matter what obstacles come thy way

It can never be their downfall.

 

I end this letter

With a kiss and much love to you,

I hope you bring me SO much more,

At the age of twenty-two!

Doux Cherie

IG: doux_cheri

For Women

In a society where many women put on a convincing front, portraying themselves as genuinely confident, by waking up extra early to put on a full costume, it’s hard for other women to relate and see themselves in her.

I challenge you to be the majority.

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The majority of women who speak life into others and who comfort others in their struggles affirming that they are not alone. Life’s obstacles are rough and tougher to overcome alone.

The most common obstacle women share is low self-esteem.

Low self-esteem causes some women to compete with each other for attention, confirmation of their superiority, or confirmation that what they are doing matters more than who they are.

There is no definitive answer for where low self-esteem comes from because it is a combination of things that make women feel ugly. Those things range from the depiction of a woman in the media, how the woman was raised, where the woman is from, what struggle the woman has endured, who the woman had to face and conquer etc. When you combine all of those things with living paycheck to paycheck to pay off debts, paying bills, missed opportunities and the lack of emotional support you will see that women are worn out.

The last thing the next woman needs is to be knocked down by another, no matter how confident she may appear.

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Women are tired. Tired of acting. Tired of trying. Tired of working. Tired of supporting those without reciprocity. Tired of posting the edited versions of flawless photos. Tired of competing with our male-counterparts who do less work but make two to three thousand more a month. Tired of eating lettuce and meal prepping when donuts taste better. Tired from staying up all night and getting up early. Tired of doing the dishes. Tired of washing the clothes.

Tired of wearing the costume.

One thing women won’t do though, is give up. Just as it is, every woman should face each day with new strength knowing that they will overcome. Some women cannot do so when they can only carry-over what they have faced the previous day. Do not make this harder for the next by projecting yourself and your negative views to antagonize that woman to fit your narrative.

Make room for every woman to feel comfortable being herself, doing her own thing and communicating how she feels in a conducive manner. In that the next woman will see that she is no different from the rest. In that, you will see that she is no different from you.

Should it really take a heart to heart and tearful conversation for all women to see that the majority of us are just alike? No.

If you quit fronting and save the costumes for Halloween you’ll be able to see the world clearly. You’ll be able to look around and recognize other women for who they are and not who you need them to be to make you feel better about yourself. You will see that they struggle with the same things you are struggling with.

You will also see in them, the same determination in you.

They will be your reminder of the woman’s collective inability to give up. A reminder that women are the light and dark to this world.

For most, I want to you that you can do anything that you set out to do and work hard for, I want to yell out, “You got this sis!” but then I don’t. I sit back and I say my prayer, then I go write about the strength of these women and find through my words that I am also inspiring myself.

So as my words inspire me, I hope that they inspire you in return. The struggle that you may be facing is not the extent of your existence but a mere stumble in the road on your path to fulfilling God’s destined plan for you. It is not our struggles that hinder our growth, it is our struggles that enable our growth.

Retire the costume and say a prayer for your true self. Say a prayer for the next woman to embrace her true self.

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A prayer for my sisters:

I pray that you continuously work hard to get where you want to be in life. I pray that no obstacle is ever tough enough to hold you back. I pray that no matter how tired you are that you will always get the job done. I pray that you always find the inner strength. I pray that the well wishes you speak for the women around you, the women you do not know or the women who have touched your life in some way, also reach you.

–      Star Candelaria

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