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one.

    When she cries herself to sleep
    six out of seven nights a week you must
    say nothing. You must simply take
    her in your arms and kiss her gaunt,
    pale cheeks and wait for her to
    slumber at the sound of your heart.

two.

    On the days where she wishes she
    were part of the stars, tell her
    no. Tell her that there are too many
    lights in the sky and that just one
    would be forgotten the moment you looked
    away from it. Tell her that she is perfect
    the way she is: completely human.

three.

     Don't let her think about the scars
     that no one but her can see. If she
     says "I think I'm broken" smile like you
     know a secret and say, "No, you're mending."
     But do not be the one to fix her - no, she
     must be the one to do it herself, and you
     merely are there to quietly encourage her.

four.

     Read her poetry (even if you are
     not a poet), the kind that uses
     flowery words and compares girls to
     the moon; the kind that you will
     rewrite for her. Make her a warrior.
     Make her a goddess with eyes like a
     wolf's and a smile like a tiger's.

five.

     Laugh with her the first thing in
     the morning and the last thing before
     you fall asleep. Tell her cheap puns
     that you've been thinking of for weeks.
     And when she smiles - the type of smile
     that could bring you to your knees if
     you aren't careful - know that for the
     moment, she's yours. She is whole.

six.

    Love her. Love her like a fish loves
    the sea or a bird loves the sky. Love
    her in the way that your heart feels like
    it's going to burst at any moment every
    time it beats. Love her skin and the way
    it feels against your own, soft and warm
    and utterly flawless. Love her for the way
    her voice trembles when she can't keep it
    together anymore and love her when she
    holds onto you as if you were the only
    thing that was keeping her alive.

seven.

     Love her, because some days she just can't do it herself.
   
     

     
     
   
Edit four: PLEASE FUCKING READ THIS BEFORE COMMENTING. I really didn't want this to get as popular as it did. People don't understand the meaning behind it. This is not about romance, people. This is not solely about a man comforting a woman. This is about love. Family love, friends loving each other, and yes, lovers--but for me, this was written about family. I want my family to be there for me. Maybe the way I wrote this came off too much as lovey-dovey but it's not meant to be that way. I am female and therefore I wrote it from that perspective. If I was a guy I'd write it from that perspective. So stop getting your panties in a fucking twist and then getting into arguments with other people. I hate all the negativity in here. It makes me want to delete my work. I know this is the internet and that we can't be mature but come on--can we at least try?! I don't reply to all the comments but I do look at them and see the shit that goes down and it disappoints me highly. Also, I swear to god if I get one more creepy note from some weirdo about how they'll "take care of me" I am reporting you to dA. Not that it'll do anything. Just...please. Stop. Be mature. Be kind to others in the comments. Don't think that your opinion is the only one that matters because it's not. and always read the description because it will most likely answer any question you have about the meaning behind the poem. I'm sorry if this comes off as harsh and bitchy but I have had enough.

EDIT THREE: Oh shit why did this get a DD I didn't want this to be that popular it's not even that good I mean I'm flattered but oh fuck I don't deserve it.

EDIT TWO: AHHHHH OH MY GOD SuedeTruama READ IT OUT LOUD YOU CAN FIND IT HERE: 
soundcloud.com/rose-marie-85/h… I AM FREAKING OUT BECAUSE NO ONE HAS EVER READ MY POETRY OUT LOUD BEFORE AND I LOVE THIS I LOVE IT I LOVE IT SO MUUUUUUCH


EDIT: Front page?! Get this off it doesn't belong there.

I'm trying to be positive. 

I don't know if it'll work but I can still try.

(I wouldn't call this romantic because love doesn't always have to be.)

This is all I want someone to do for me but since it's not going to happen, I'll just have to do it myself and shake off those bad days like they're nothing but unwanted dirt.
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How to love a girl who can't love herself. by PrussianPersephone truly captures the simplicity of loving another, even when they refuse to love themselves.  Also suggested by ChinZaPep ( Suggested by Waffles-Of-Gondolyn and Featured by GrimFace242 )
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AintGotNoLegs Featured By Owner 2 days ago
There are too many of us women having too many bad days. We were born with a sadness inside us that never goes away. What you wrote is beautiful, touching, and relatable. Thank you for it. It is something that not only I, but anyone else who needs it, can read and know they aren't alone. 
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NSAlchemist Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
LOLOLOL I'm sorry I loved this I was sitting here, like that was beautiful.

And then I saw the description and you like killed the mood. That was hilarious,  "Oh shit why did this get a DD I didn't want this to be that popular it's not even that good I mean I'm flattered but oh fuck I don't deserve it." This was one of my favorite parts "
EDIT: Front page?! Get this off it doesn't belong there." This was the second one- I can't stop laughing at the reaction.

Beautiful poem, and I hope things are better off in the comments for you don't deserve that :aww:
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NoLoveAvailable Featured By Owner 4 days ago
I started crying at number two. If there was an unlimited amount of how many times you could fav it, I would do it 100 times everyday for the rest of my life
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pychoclown Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I have struggled with loving myself for an incredibly long time, and have a really hard time expressing that to people who don't know it very well. 

I cried when I read this for the first time, and quite frankly still get a little weepy re-reading it. 

I was having a really bad day once, and I couldn't really explain it to my best friend very well, so I made him read this. . .it described what I wanted to say perfectly.

In love with this even if you didn't want it to be as popular as it is.
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CatherinEclipse Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
very inspirational Heart 
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IvanRadev Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
The poem is really good, congrats on the DD! It is beautiful and sad, but life is like that too. Nevertheless, I must confessed I like your "edit four" more, true romance shouldn't be that much different from the way we love our family or the world. It should be in the way we live and hopefully everyone gets something as sweet and nice as what you described in your poem! 


And keep going.
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LaughingFrogArt Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful.
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hiddendelights Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014
This is beautiful, and I just want you to know that you are wonderful, and if you ever need anyone to be there for you, my inbox is open. :heart:
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Maneki-Neko44 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  New member  General Artist
👏 This is powerful.
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wulfzplay Featured By Owner May 31, 2014
Love 
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