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Vitamin D. Sunlight.
Go outside.

Get a good night

of sleep. Not too good.

Not shades drawn forever good.
Not like you used to.

Open the windows.

Buy more houseplants.
Breathe. Meditate. (One day,

you will no longer be

afraid of being alone
with your thoughts.)

Exercise. Actually exercise

instead of just Googling it.
Eat well. Cook for yourself.

Organize your closet, the
garage. Drink plenty of

water and repeat after me:

I am not a problem

to be solved.
Repeat after me:
I am worthy I am worthy

I am neither mistake nor

the punishment.
Forget to take
vitamins. Let the houseplant die.

Eat spoonfuls of peanut butter.

Shave your head. Forget
this poem. It doesn’t matter.

There is no wrong way

to remember the grace of your
own body; no choice

that can unmake itself.
There is only now, here,

look: you are already forgiven.

- from Today Means Amen by Sierra DeMulder (Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2016). Copyright © 2016 by Sierra DeMulder. Reprinted and used with permission from Sierra DeMulder.