Poetry: Complex Simplicity

By Monica C. Voskamp   Am I still loved Though I weigh far too much? Am I still loved When my hair falls out? Am I still loved When age creases my skin? Am I still loved Please tell me, Am I still enough?   I don’t feel loved As I watch myself Metamorphosis into [...]

Poetry: the portal of love

{ for my mom } By Monica C. Voskamp   Love. You see me different. I'm a little odd, A little out of place, Different, than the rest of the bunch.   I'm different, not wrong You say. You don't hinder my growth Because you see my unique beauty. You see my own beauty. You [...]

Rethinking: Push Delete on Reality

By Monica C. Voskamp Do you know how many pictures I deleted when I was the 'Big Me'? Too many. I cringe as I think of one picture summer 2012. Of course it was summer, at the beach. I had bought a workout shirt for a swim top, donned a bright pink top, and then [...]

Hello Self: Please know This

By Monica C. Voskamp Hello Self, Please Know this: You are not your younger you. Your younger self still speaks up.  There is a difference. Your younger you knew the pain of rejection, repeatedly.  You lived in a state of identifying yourself as inadequate, a reject. You weren't good enough. Your younger you labeled yourself [...]