Evolving Emotions: Inquisition

What if I were?

Would my peers avoid me

Would my parents dismiss me

Would my God disown me

Would my universe mock me


What if I were?

Would I deny it

Would I despise myself

Would my mind denounce my thoughts

Would I curb my yearnings

Would my eyes avert their judging gaze


From the sight of her

Her dimples

Her smile

Her laugh

Her special beauty to behold


What if I were?

Would I love myself in time


Acceptance drives acceptance

If you were to love yourself wholly and completely

If you were to take on your internal quarrels valiantly

If you were to embrace those different from yourself

If you were to take them in with open arms


Maybe that love would double



Until it fills the very room

Crowding out the scrutiny

Expunging the former negativity


Love you

Love others

Maybe those around you will learn

To love themselves


What if you were you?



Erin Knape is a freshman who intends to major in psychology at the University of Michigan. Her greatest passions have always been the arts, whether that be writing, painting, photography, or collaging. Evolving Emotions, a weekly installment of poetry and accompanying photography, aims to communicate the unifying conceptions, thoughts, experiences, and emotions felt throughout the college journey. Explore the inner workings of a chaotic mind in Evolving Emotions every Sunday.

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2 Comments on "Evolving Emotions: Inquisition"

2 months 15 days ago

Thought provoking!