Be you, unapologetically.
Celebrate and embrace your humility,
And yet, do not forget:
Being humble is not equivalent to being tiny.
You are nothing to be sorry for, my glorious sister.
As a matter of fact, you are fabulous.
You sparkle and glimmer.
The true nature of a star is to shine.
Embrace every facet of that which you embody.
You get to be complicated and contradictory if you want to be,
That is your natural-born right as a card-carrying member of humanity.
This body you were born in is yours for the exploring.
Permission granted to dance,
To run through open fields of sourgrass blossoms,
The true nature of a star is to shine.
To laugh until you can hardly see,
To love thunderously,
To grab your own two thighs in your own two hands, and squeeze.
Permission granted to feel,
To be intimately acquainted with the full spectrum of sensation
Flowing through you:
This is your inner guidance.
Permission granted to move through the material world however best suits you:
Step out in stilettos
or combat boots or ballet slippers or clogs,
Shave your head or rock pink foam rollers,
Scrub your face with Ivory or slap on the latest MAC Viva Glam.
You get to decide and define your own divinity,
Your own feminism,
Permission granted to change your mind.
Permission granted to receive.
Permission granted to be ever more expansive,
To be a gracious providence to your own truth,
To be reunited with your intuition,
She’s waiting to meet you,
Let the glorious courtship begin.
TEDx Poet Rachel Kann is a modern-day mystic: irreverently reverent and exuberantly human. She’s a Write Club Los Angeles champ and resident writer for Hevria. Her poetry has been featured on Morning Becomes Eclectic on NPR and as The Weather on the podcast phenomenon, Welcome to Night Vale.
Her poetry and short story collection, 10 For Everything, is available from Orange Ocean Press. Her writing (poetry and fiction) also appears in journals such as Eclipse,Permafrost, Coe Review, Sou’wester, GW Review, Quiddity, and Lalitamba. You can find her work in anthologies including A Poet’s Haggadah, Word Warriors from Seal Press, His Rib from Penmanship Press, and Knocking at the Door from Birch Bench Press.
Her work has received accolades from the James Kirkwood Fiction Awards (short story), Writer’s Digest Short-Short Story Awards (micro-fiction), LA Weekly Awards (best supporting actress) Backstage West Garland Awards Critic’s Picks (best supporting actress) and both the audio and video award for the International Slam Idol (poetry).
Rachel was invited to perform her poetry at TEDx UCLA and in Flight 18 (where she was the DJ and Dance Captain at 3LD Technology in New York City. She teaches poetry and fiction workshops through the Writers’ Program at UCLA Extension.
WEBSITE: http://rachelkann.com http://rachelkann.com
16 thoughts on “Advice From Inside -a poem by Rachel Kann”
Nikki, I’m so happy to meet you and your web site. These women are strong and interesting. Looking forward to reading your work too. Thanks for following me.
Thank you for stopping by! I love the poetic language of haiku so I will be back on your site as well!
I am so very honored to be featured here on such a beautiful website by such a beautiful woman.
Thank you for the follow. I loved the poem and could relate to it. I will most definitely be back!
Rachel is amazing! Her art and her mission. Please find her on FB or twitter and follow her.
THANK YOU LADIES! Love and Light!
Thank you for humbling my blog with your presence. j’adore poetry and this was simply stunning! So glad I found you 🙂
Women writers! We’ll be in touch!
Ohh, sounds exciting! Looking forward to it 🙂
Thank you so much! ❤
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Be you, unapologetically….love this. Need this. Want to BE this. 😉
Hi!! Thank you so much!! XOXO
Amen sister! 🙂
A preciously blessed poet! ❤
Please follow more work from Rachel on her website or FB page! She is full of truth and inspiration 🙂
Wow… loved this piece.