do you love you

I want to say I love you 
but on my own terms 
this love is not an empty echo 
thoughtless response 
vague reflection 

I want to start saying it more to me 

it’s caught in the back of my throat 
because I haven’t been saying it enough to myself 

“I love me and I’m enough”
“I love me and I’m already enough”
“I love me and I have peace”
“I love me and I’m plenty good enough for me me me”

so instead of telling me “I love you” 
please remind me 

“Do you love you?” 

I’ll blush 
we can show each other exactly
what it looks like
to love ourselves 
guide our love 
to love each other 

you’ll know that I love you
when I’m loving me well, too

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