How to Like Yourself


First, the easy part—

hide from mirrors

and never look down.

Avoid your clumsy

body with all its

clicking bones and

sluggish flesh.

When sitting, cross

your legs and arms.

Better yet, lie down

flat and close your eyes.

Cover yourself up

and invite the



After that is when

the work  begins.

Try to maneuver

through the angles in

your mangled mind:

Glide past your greed,

your anger and envy;

overthrow your

neuroses and nonsense



Sidestep the stinging

tentacles of

your failures,

the slow stabs

of the bad

things done

to you,

and all

the bad things

you’ve done.