Choose to be your own lover.
Be gentle with yourself.
do not pummel yourself
or take a harsh tone.
Encourage rather than discourage.
Choose to be your own mother.
Sit calmly with yourself
on those nights of fraying
and reach for assurances.
Rock yourself to sleep each night,
listening to the sweet whispers of your soul.
Choose to be your own father.
Protect your innocence,
believe in your worth,
and bring no other into the house
who does not respect your life.
Do all this
and you shall fill your life with
only those who approach with tenderness,
who are willing to appreciate the sacredness of the soul
to which you have so lovingly attended.