A Prayer for Our Daughters

Dear Daughter
You are not defined
By man-kind
You are you
Every inch precious
Every pound profound
Every bit beautiful
Ever so sound

You are perfect
Every stretch a story
Every mark glory
Every scar perfectly placed
Every mole and dimple
Irreplaceable

As you rise
And take your place
On the Throne custom made
Just for your frame
Sound activated
By the song of your soul
Feet firmly placed
Toe to sole
Sat on your throne
Pursuing your goals
While all in all, wholly whole
I pray that you will do one thing…
Be YOU
Just be you.

I pray that you will
Speak when not spoken to
Argue when it comes to truth
Lose gracefully when it’s time to lose
Be totally you

I pray that you will
Treat others as equal
Break ceilings you can’t see through
Make promises and be true
Be boldly you

I pray that you will
March if you feel the need to
Paint if the hues entice you
Act if the script attracts you
Be creatively you

I pray that you will
Dance when the music woos you
Laugh when the joke tickles you
Cry when your heart needs to
Be soully you

I pray that you will
Hug when trusting arms embrace you
Love when your soul permits you
Grow as every season demands of you
Be emotionally you

I pray that you will
Step out when faith holds you
Leave when you know its over for you
Give when compassion persuades you
Be truly you

I pray that you will
Push when resistance meets you
Retreat when the road demands you to
Listen to the voice within you
Be intuitively you

I pray that you will
Write if the words assuage you
Read things that reach you
Raise up those under you
Be committed to you

I pray that you will
Cook up adventures to inspire you
Clean out negativity that seeps into you
Wash away anything that is untrue
Be diligently you

I pray that you will
Demand that life yields to you
Relentlessly believe until achievement adorns you
Succeed by your definition of what success means to you
Be definitively you

I pray that you will
Pursue the dreams that pursue you
Teach other women what helps you
Love yourself as much as I do
Be irrevocably you

I pray that you will
Live the life you were meant to
Leave no talent un-catered to
Die with your insides outside of you
Having been totally you

I pray that you will
Be unapologetically you
Fearfully and wonderfully made
One who is impossible to replicate

I pray that you will do one thing:

Be You

Just Be You.

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