We’ve all been called a few bad words,
Often related to orifices and turds.
“You there” go do this or that.
Perhaps you’ve been called skinny or fat.
A parent may have used your name,
When mad or feeling maimed.
Now it may seem like a fearful curse,
Your self-esteem may still be getting worse.
So, tell yourself you are a treasure.
Feel some pride. Enjoy some pleasure. .
“You aren’t junk”, it has been said.
So, say your name kindly in your head.
Ellen Van Laar