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Nobody told me what beautiful looked like

written by: Beth Dahill

@bethdahill

 

Nobody told me what beautiful looked like.
I had to learn it from the inside out.
I had to unzip my skin it had
held me so tightly that my
ribs could no longer
breathe.

I had to turn my outside-in
inside-out body
into a sanctuary of love. A
temple of prayer. Turn
my thorny flesh into a garden where
it was okay to grow fruits and flowers and
where clouds could run like
rain down the side of my face.

I had to step out of that unzipped body and
leave it behind altogether. To
allow different thoughts
different dreams to
fill up my empty glass. My
empty mouth
and drink.

Drink what I did not understand. A
taste I had never known.
Sour and sweet yet bitter. The
taste of earth and air and ocean.

I had to let the lightning rip through my
wounds, salt my pain, distill my fever, until
nothing else was left of me.

I had to learn beautiful
and it was no easy thing.

Beth Dahill

Beth Dahill

Beth has a background in health and healing, having studied Ayurvedic Medicine after a degree in Physiology at Bristol University. She was born and raised in London and has mixed parentage – a Japanese mother and an Anglo-Irish father.

She currently lives in North London with a gaggle of witches and a mysterious cat.

You can get in touch with her via her website as well as her instagram, facebook and twitter accounts.
Beth Dahill

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