Poem: “Love Yourself, Be Yourself”

Love Yourself, Be Yourself


Courageous and honest hearts are truly accepted,

Be who you are and love yourself for eternity.

Don’t let nobody fill you up with ignorance and hate,

Your fate is in your hands, so think wisely.

No matter how much you try to be someone who you are not,

Deep down inside you know you are who you are and more.

No matter how small or huge the boat is floating in water,

It will sink to the bottom if there is a hole in it.

So don’t ever let yourself sink, if you know what I mean,

Try to reach high like you are trying to reach the stars.

There is no happiness if you are going to waste it behind bars,

One thing I found in it is myself who was lost in darkness.

I’m thankful for that even though I live with pain in my heart,

I feel like the pain is slowly vanishing away.

‘Cause I’m being myself and loving myself,

For who I am not who they think I am.


  1. pretty on August 11, 2011 at 10:38 AM

    keep up dha good work and just love your self and when u get out of jail u will be a good person

  2. jazzy on January 15, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    thats great dude : ) keep doing u !!! one love

  3. Ginger on March 19, 2018 at 12:56 PM

    Is there a way to find out who wrote this poem? I’m using it for a class and I need an author, thank you.

  4. kassidilenae on November 20, 2020 at 1:39 PM

    Thank you for your vulnerability! Self love can be one of the hardest concepts to master. We often find it easier to love and forgive others than loving and forgiving ourself. I hope that you continue to stay true to yourself and give yourself grace when needed. Keep inspiring others to do the same through your poetry!


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