Self Love

Click on the sound of this Black beauty as you scroll through the beautiful images of it all. Experience the love.

Self Love by Elarnta J. Darden

Love: an intense feeling of deep affection

Synonyms: admire, fancy


4 letters that the world says is so hard to find because we are the generation of numbers

Where 200 likes means you’re poppin’

Where being over 130 pounds puts you out of the “bad” category

Where not having at least 10 pair of Js means you might just be a disgrace

Where 1+1 is not 2 - and you got me screaming forget you

Where 1 human being is not enough to satisfy your craving

So its 1+1+1+1


But then I saw you.

And from the first moment I saw you, I knew it was too good to be true

Which is probably why it took me a while to actually get to know you

I would see you daily

And wonder where your secret lies

You would try to hide all your hurt inside

And you would never look me in the eyes

Your hands were cold and your heart was colder


And you didn’t realize that you were

Dipped in honey

Sprinkled in gold

And had the spirit of an unconquerable soul


And then one day you decided to stare back at me

Because you were fed up with the lies of the world and the deceit

You needed someone to love you genuinely, whole-heartedly, and purely

Not just 200 likes of affirmation

Or a bland I love you statement

So you looked at me

You looked and saw that you skin was as radiant as the sun

That your eyes sparkled with the magic that you inherited from your ancestors toll

That your smile was vibrant

And your personality was pure gold


You looked at me and began to see that

Every curvature was a piece of God’s smile

That every stray strain was a blessing from God himself saying that you are good

You looked at me

And held parts of you that needed some TLC

Parts that others took for granted

Parts that you took for granted


You looked at me in array

Moved your head from side to side

Realizing how true it is that our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure  

How true it is that at this very moment you have this intense feeling of deeply liking and caring for yourself


4 letters that the world says is so hard to find because we are the generation of numbers

But all we have to do is look in the mirror for the first time


Photos by Edom Tilahun, Yemi Kolawole, and Alyssa Cleveland