How Is Worth Measured? By: Jae Vel
Parts of me float, gravitating toward an existence long gone
Where I question my sanity and my worth.
How is worth measured?
Through torrents of tears that have stained my cheeks?
Through the labor of my physical body as it took on the lashes of life?
How is… worth… measured?
Through the actions of my mind?
The kindness in my heart?
The pain that’s lived inside of me?
Is it measured from overcoming obstacles that had me running circles in the dark?
Through a body so empty of emotion that self-destruction was the only way to feel?
Tell me, how does one measure worth?
Through the triumphs or the failures each step of the way?
Maybe through the hand that grasped the light and let it warm the soul?
Through a body terrified of touch that a wisp of a feather had the power to shatter a mind?
Through the healing and growth that gave way to the broken being renewed?
How is worth measured in your eyes?
By the hand that now reaches out seeking touch; a physical touch that once froze an entire being in stillness-afraid of the backlash, the ridicule and memories of unwanted advances?
Tell me now…
How is WORTH measured?
My story, the lessons I’ve learned, the message I bring forth, the pieces reconnecting in my mind
Knowing worth was always there hidden waiting for me to discover
I am not broken but whole
I am not caged but free
I am worthy!