Don’t hide those behind that colorful make-up.
Let me see those scars, those scrapes, those blemishes.
I want to know the stories behind each,
I’m sure they’re interesting!

And even if you don’t remember the facts,
I’m sure you recognize the emotions entwined
with those beautiful tracks.
Tell me about those instead.

These trails are evidence
That life has left its mark on you,
That you successfully navigated through those storms, quakes and floods.
And came out of it changed, bruised and strong.

I want to know what happened there.

I want to know you.

Not who you’re supposed to be.