I Want You To Love Me

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I want you to love me.

No really, I want each and every one of you to love me.

I want you to buy what I’m selling.

I want everyone around me to see what I want them to see

And I simultaneously want them to see me and not see me.

I want you to see how great I am but I don’t want you to see me weak.

I want vulnerability. But I want it on my own terms,

Administered in small doses not big enough to scare me or make me feel exposed.

I want control. And I want you to love me.

I want the truth to be sexy.

I want people to listen to me when I speak

Even though I know most will walk away and reject me.

I want you to buy what I’m selling.



I want everyone to believe that their words don’t hurt me.

That I have an umbrella for unkind remarks

And they just drip down to the ground around me

And I don’t lay awake at night thinking about how

Some guy told me “no one will ever love you because of what you believe.”

I want vulnerability—God, I need it!

But every time I’ve tried it I’ve been betrayed by it

And I’m starting to wonder if it’s a good idea after all.



But I still want you to love me.

No really, I want each and every one of you to love me.

I don’t even really want you to know me,

I just want you to know the me that I show you

And I want to show you the me that’s brave enough

To get behind this microphone and show you myself.

But sometimes I don’t even know myself

And you can’t show someone something you don’t know.

And I want to show you how strong I am!

And how thick my skin is and how

I don’t lay awake at night thinking about how

Some guy told me he wished I was pretty, cause then he would be with me.

I forgot all about that.



But I want you to love me.

I want you to prove wrong every person that’s ever left me

And I know that’s a lot of pressure to put on you and I’m sorry.

But you are all gods to me and I need you to come through for me.

I’ll worship you if you worship me,

Cause if somebody doesn’t approve of me

Then I don’t know who I am,

And half the time I don’t know who I am.

But I still want you to love me.

And I want vulnerability.

And I want you to buy what I’m selling.



But I am selling nothing dressed up as something.

I am selling an empty shell of who I really am

Because who I really am is too scared to show you myself.

And sometimes I don’t even know myself

And I start to believe all the lies I’ve been telling everyone else

About how strong I am

And how I don’t lay awake at night thinking about

How I don’t lay awake at night thinking about

How many different times I have been made to feel that

Who I really am is not enough or too much.

But I know if you don’t know me then it’s not really love.



And I want you to love me.

No really, I want each and every one of you to love me

And I want you to know me for who God made me to be.

And he made me to be something I’m still learning to be ok with

And I hope that’s ok with you.

I hope the back and forth I put you through isn’t too much for you

And I hope you stick it out with me if I stick it out with you.

Cause I want vulnerability.

I want you to know me and I want to know myself

Enough to get behind this microphone and show you myself.

And sometimes I still don’t know myself

But I am myself because you are yourself and God is himself

And we are all connected to everybody else—

We are images of God trapped in these shells

Trying so hard to show ourselves to somebody else

And hoping it doesn’t backfire.

And every time it backfires we do it again and again and again

Because that is what it means to be human:

To trust that showing you who I am is worth the risk.

And I hope it is.

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from Dichotomized, released February 1, 2013

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Emily Joy Chicago, Illinois

Emily Joy is a spoken word poet and Midwest native currently residing in Nashville, TN. She makes her living as a freelance writer and traveling poet. Emily is passionate about challenging the status quo of the universe through art and empowering people, especially women, to pursue justice, speak their truths and ask hard questions. ... more

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