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Birthday Suit - Rip Out The Labels

You're an individual! You can't be anybody else however hard you try.

Why even try?

Salute yourself in that mirror: you're the only you you'll ever know; the only person you'll breathe your first taste of oxygen with; the only one you'll take a last glorious gasp of life with.

Be grateful for the journey; be thankful for your heart; be sure you did all you could to be great on your stay here.

And from then to now, as the labels inevitably try to stitch onto and scar your soul; rip them out, throw them out - they weren't there at the start.

My ramblings are based on the poem Birthday suit. Can you see how?

Birthday Suit

Birthday suit - The best to wear

Elastic-tastic shell

Magic suit grows as you do

And always fits so well

Don't squeal eww and ich and yuck

When leaping from the bath

Wipe the mirror clean of steam

Towel-dance and laugh

Nothing beats the feeling when

You're natural, young and free

Baby-naked in the world

Like you were born to be

So next time you are all alone

In your protective suit

Feel the breeze around your bits

Face yourself. Salute!

Toast the person who you are

Kiss yourself. Be proud

Body beautiful, unique

Enjoy! You are allowed

Wait before you pull on jeans

Embarrassed, full of shame

Mirrors are for looking in

Admire your super-frame

Stick your bum out. Shake it wild!

Beyoncé on the mat

Cart wheel, back spin, somersault

Above the flipping cat

Never would you go to school

With everything exposed

Not unless you've lost your brain

(Or reaaally hate your clothes)

But those moments all alone

Just me, myself and I

Bathe in all your gorgeousness

And don’t submit to shy

Love the hidden parts as much

Your secret, beating dreams

Inside-outside wizardry

A body wonder team

And never let the labels scar

or stitch onto your heart

Rip them out and throw them out

They weren’t there at the start

May you wear it long and well

Designer suit of birth

A tailored, one-off miracle

A stunning beast of Earth

Birthday Suit

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