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I Love You, Little Me – The most vulnerable of my poems to date. Read with caution. But also enjoy the video at the end.

I have to hug me.

I can’t hate me.

I love you, Little Me.

You’ll have children who will bring you a sense of love and joy,

and in you they’ll keep a sense of home. 

Little Jessica, you must move on.

There’s no point in holding on to 

conversations that pissed me off 

or sent me running back to shame.

I don’t live in excuses anymore.

There’s no reason to ignore 

That for many things I am to blame.

And while I’m sure many mean well 

there are no more ways to tell 

me that my views my words my statements,

my reaching towards my concepts of greatness  

trying to figure out and exceed what 

was expected of me. Let me stop right there.

You see –  

Some of this isn’t mental health, 

some of this is hypocrisy.

Dear Little Me,

No one will know until you write about it,

But you’ll waste years of your time 

Trying to meet standards that will

Make you feel included,

You’ll still feel secluded. 

And it’s needed for you won’t really 

Learn your purpose until

After your last suicide attempt. 

Until your mid-thirties.

Don’t waste your time bringing up 

Things that no one else remembers. 

That fetus is gone – 

And it was still no excuse to steal a car

Still no excuse to become lost 

And flee from the grasp

Of your late great-grandmother,

Commit senseless crimes 

And intoxicate your body. 


That one pervert is dead.

The other pervert is dead to you. 

Sleeping Beauty is dead.

You-know-who is dead.

Most of the people who hurt you as a child are dead

So maybe now I can bury the past.

Listen, Little Me:

I know that you hated having to babysit 

Weeks after that flutter was ripped out of you,

But that is no reason to live years hating yourself.

You’ll have children during tough times 

Which will open your eyes.

You will need to stay strong in your faith in God. 

You will make it. 

But you’ll likely still feel alone.

There’s no amount of money that can buy love

And no accomplishments that can make you feel accepted,

And baby girl, there is no physical act that can bring you feelings of self worth. 

But guess what? You’re going to make it. 

Little Jessica, you have to move on. 

I forgive myself.

You were 14. 

Little do you know, that wound will resurface when you reunite with that first consensual male encounter, but neither of you will be the same. 

My children bring me a sense of love and joy,

and through me, they will always feel home.

Thank you for reading. I free wrote this poem without thinking too much. I just wrote what was on my heart. I didn’t expect it to get quite that deep. But I will leave it as it is. Also, I made this video early this morning, it’s a mashup of an old and new poem.

Jusjess Poetry – Writing My Way Into My Destiny

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3 responses to “I Love You, Little Me – You’re Going to Make It.”

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    1. I am so moved by this! ✨

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