Acceptance

The best gift
I received today
was acceptance,
from people who
saw me crack, saw
my dark side coming through
and loved me anyways
treated me with
kindness and understanding
and brightened the darkness
without judgement.
It’s a gift
I had to be brave
enough to receive,
pushing past fear
of ridicule or rejection
to show my true feelings.
If I hadn’t shown them
my true heart
I would never have known
the simple profound joy
their acceptance
of the true me.

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