Beauty Truth Love = YOU

He ruptured your hymen; he didn’t break you.

You are more than that moment of

Piercing pain, gasping for breath,

Yelling, “Do you feel better now?”

Like he relieved himself inside you

Rather than uplift and glorify you.

You struggled to push him far away.

You weren’t strong enough

To break the grasp of

Hands on your wrists.

Now your strength resides

Inside your faith,

Your courage, and your grace.

His manhood cannot

Reach you for you

Dwell in the crevices

Of creative power and

In a womb of possibilities.

Your Mighty

Kindness, Compassion,


Self-Love and Self-Worth

Burn bright.

Discernment, deep equanimity

Join as the dual guides

To an Enduring trust

An unrelenting will to thrive.

Your voice rings loud, clear, and bold.

You speak from the depths of your truth

Passionate to relish

Your body vessel as

A goddess with breadth, depth, width, height

Muscle, mass, hips, lips, breasts, eyes


A thousand moments of dignity

Waking up and walking tall.

Seeds unleashed grow flowers

Blooming gloriously in your heart.

Your beauty radiates each day

In colorful hues and highlights.

Streaks and shrieks of light and laughter.

Living a wholehearted life

With sweetness after that bitter

Becomes your greatest revenge.

You are exuberantly alive


A force of love in our world.


Laura Staley
Laura Staley
The founder of Cherish Your World, Laura Staley passionately helps people thrive by guiding them to a holistic transformation of space, heart, mind, body, and soul. Laura knows that there’s a relationship between the conditions of our homes or workplaces and the quality of our lives. Trained and certified with the Western School of Feng Shui and seasoned by almost two decades of working with a variety of clients, Laura uses her intuition and expertise to empower her clients to produce remarkable results in their lives. Her trifecta of serving people includes speaking, writing, and compassionate listening. As a columnist, Laura writes personal essays focused on self-discovery, feng shui, emotional health, and transformations from the inside out. Laura is the published author of three books: Live Inspired, Let Go Courageously and Live with Love: Transform Your Life with Feng Shui, and the Cherish Your World Gift Book of 100 Tips to Enhance Your Home and Life. Prior to creating her company, Laura worked as a fulltime parent and an assistant professor at Ohio Wesleyan University. She earned a Ph.D. in political science from The Ohio State University. Her joys in life include laughing with loved ones, dancing, reading, meditating, running, being in nature, and listening to music she loves. She resides in Black Mountain, NC with lovable dog, Layla. Laura is a contributing author to the inspiring book Crappy to Happy: Sacred Stories of Transformational Joy

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  1. When I read this poem, so many emotions run through as though these words were directed to me. It’s true that some may take something from you so precious, but with God’s grace and how you are made, resilient, full of courage and full of love makes the difference. Thank you

    • What I’ve realized now in a powerful reframe is that nothing was taken from me because I’m pure conscious awareness walking, running, dancing, and moving with this beautiful body temple. Know one can take anything that I didn’t give them. Expanding our resilience, courage, faith, love, compassion and so many more wonderful qualities inside of us we can live free and in peace. Thank you so much for what you’ve honestly shared from your experience of reading this poem. I celebrate your dignity, courage, and ability to rise strong with God’s grace and your own grace, Lynn.

  2. This absolutely took away my breath – Laura. Hit in the gut centre and transported by a feeling of liberation and a wave of sweetness in feeling your story at a visceral level. I loved it and your words transform with each line. Like a phoenix I feel, like a phoenix. Captivating work. Captivating you. Thank you so very much.?

    • Thank you so much, Maureen! Yes, a phoenix! Yes. Thank you. So grateful for all your words. We are bigger than anything that’s ever happened to us. Rise Up. Rise Strong. Fly Free and Brave!! Yes!!

    • Thank you so much, Yvonne. Always has her faith, resilience, creativity, love and so much more. Makes me think of Whitney Houston’s song-Greatest Love of all-they can’t take away your dignity because the greatest love is happening to me-learning to love yourself-it is the greatest love of all! I appreciate your taking the time to read the poem and share your thoughts.