my biggest wish for you is
that when you look in the mirror,
you will always see yourself how i do:
tender, tan, soft at the edges,
with a rugged beard to rough it up
and a goofy smile to put the world at ease.

i hope you will leave behind
thoughts of an empty stomach
a too-clear ribcage
and skipping meals to save yourself
two pounds worth of misplaced anger.

i hope you will abandon
your hatred towards that unruly hair
which really (in my opinion),
adds flavor to your face.

i hope that you will stare peacefully
and see not only yourself
staring back,
but a future with me at your side
and you yourself,
finally happy.