Toddler Eyes

Never let anyone drive you to question your worth.
Just because they don’t see it doesn’t make you any less valuable.
One of the plagues we face today is the elevated hunger for validation in a world that sells standards of beauty we can only obtain via Photoshop.
Let your worth come from that which is intrinsic.
That which you first saw that moment, as a toddler, when you looked in the mirror for the first time and were in awe of this creature that looked back at you and you could not look away.
Because then, not even the best computer enhanced image expert could have made you more proud.
In that moment, you saw yourself wholely… your skin, your eyes, your soul, your joy, your worth.
What anybody else saw was none of your business.

Frank Malaba © 2019

Image by Marquise Kamanke

Published by: Frank Malaba

Frank Malaba is an actor, playwright and a published poet. He was born in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe and currently resides in Cape Town, South Africa. He has performed on stage and television in both countries. He has a passion for using poetry, storytelling and theatre as a method of healing for both himself and others. His poetry has been presented both at home and abroad. Frank is currently developing a two-man play entitled “Broken Pathways” which will be touring internationally. In 2014 Frank was recognised by Mail & Guardian's 200 Young South Africans as an Achiever in the category of Arts & Culture.

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