A letter to my Flaws; #DefiningBeauty

Dear Flaws,

Hi, my name is Shingai and even though you probably already know that

I wanted to take the time to re-introduce myself to you

To start this relationship anew, yet different from all the other times my heart broke into two because of you

It is different this time, I am no longer putting my life on the line, holding my breath, wishing time would rewind, or at least pause until you became perfect.

So dear petals to my rose, here goes

To my stretch marks,

To be honest I have long wondered what your God-given purpose is?

 I mean really, are you just decoration to my sides, signs on my arms that I am wise

even creeping little cellulite under my thighs

You are considered tabboo

No one perfect is meant to have you

Yet somehow I am learning to love you,

To admire the variety and uneven spice you add to my otherwise smooth skin

I no longer think that your presence in public is sin

If anything I love that consciously embracing you as part of me allows me not to fit in

And to the number on the scale,

I bid you, adieu

I don’t understand why society places so much value on you

My heart breaks for all the little girls whose hearts you have robbed and minds you have confused

I am not sorry to say, you are not worth the time of day

Let’s be real for a moment, because there is no time like the present

I. Am. Not. A. Size. 2

Never have been,

And probably never again will be

But does that mean I don’t have a right to be happy?

Please… I only have one life to live and as long as I am healthy I am planning on living it happy

To my curves, you define me as a lady, soft and full

No  matter what society says you beautiful

To my smile, I am sorry that I cover you up sometimes with hand

Like I am afraid nobody will understand why you are not perfect

It’s crazy but it never seems to get in my head

You are beautiful because you were genuinely created to light up like the sky on the fourth of July

You are one of the best things on me because when you get huge in size

you not only show up on my lips, the dimples on my sides, but also in my eyes.

And to my skin the color of chocolate, how many times has it been shoved in your face?

The unspoken rule, lighter is better

Like the color on your skin determines your level of beauty?

I shake my head in despair,

As I think back on how I used to believe lighter skin made you more fair

I am better for you, and I love that you are a reflection of the heart of Africa

An exotic color to a perfect stranger

Your color is needed in the world,

Embrace it and show off with a little twirl

To my hair, kinky and filled with curls

Like lighter I thought straighter was better

Refusing to bend to a comb’s will I now realize you require a lot more skill in patience

I am sorry I covered you up, ashamed that you were so tough

I am now learning to embrace your nature, wild and strong like a ringing laugh

Like the words of a love song, We are in this journey together from now on

To these and more, my flaws one and all

I don’t take the time to thank you enough,

For not being perfect,

For not being Boring,

Instead you are an incredible contrasting symmetry,

The combination of melody and harmony interwoven into a symphony 

Brilliantly ingenious, not to mention interesting

In a society that makes most of it’s income from self doubt,

It is an act of fearless rebellion to love yourself without a doubt

Dear Flaws,

I am not writing this for me alone,

I am writing it for all the unknowns

This is the truth,

I am writing this for  Ruth, and Kimberly and Jean, and Kuki, and Laura, and Daisy, and Anna, and Gloria, and Stacey, and Libby, and Penny, and Miriam, and Sheila, and Hannah, and Naomi, and on and on it goes to every other name out there who knows you, experiences you, and dies a little because you make them imperfect

I am writing this because if I don’t find you beautiful

I would be the biggest fool because no one else would

Dear flaws I am writing this because I am showing one up on society

By saying without shame, that you are part of what defines beauty.


  1. Beautifully written! God bless 🙂


    • Thank you for reading, and for following 😀 God bless you too…

      Liked by 1 person

  2. wanjikukiruhi

    Wow! Shingai you are really blessed with amazing literary skills!!!! Love love love

    Liked by 1 person

  3. so lovely!


  4. Very beautiful!


  5. Your such great writer


  6. This is beautiful! I’m so glad I was able to read this today 🙂


    • Thankyou so much for stopping by… I’ve also checked out your blog and I love the idea of homeschooling, hopefully when I get to that stage I shall do that as well… P.s you have a beautiful family 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  7. Shingai…this one is beautifully written…paints a beautiful picture about flaws…I love it. Keep up…



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