I want you to feel safe

around me, to feel like

your sister has just walked in the room

and put a hand on your shoulder

I want you to feel like I lent you my favourite dress

to go on a date and

I lay on the floor to take your picture

I want you to feel like I will never look at your

beauty and force upon you flaws

I want you to see me and to know that

you are never my competition, I am never yours

and neither of us evidence

of a wrongness of body

I want you to feel wise around me

and loved, in an abstract way

not because I know you, because I do not

but because you exist

and I want you to feel like you have space to

be yourself, to renew yourself, to reapply yourself

around me

-girls who meet in bathrooms and smile


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