my self-love is not disrespectful

I will not feed your ego

to prove my love

because its appetite is too big

requires too much

and it would swallow me whole

and still be unsatisfied

 

my self-love is not disrespectful

my self-love is not selfish

it is self-preservation

it is a kindness

to a soul neglected

a refusal to be a quick-fix

to your never-ending hunger

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