What do you say to someone when the words “I love you” don’t properly describe how you feel for someone?

Instead of “I love you” I will say “I’d cross not just an ocean for you, but oceans”

Instead of “I love you” I will say “I want to make all your dreams come true”

Instead of “I love you” I will say “I don’t want to imagine a life without you, as it’s one not worth living”

Instead of “I love you” I will say “Like the Sun, Moon, and stars, you are my universe”

Instead of “I love you” I will say “I didn’t know happiness until I met you”

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You said you raised me to be a strong girl,

Citing my accomplishments,
My strengths, my talents, my wit
Did you realize I broke under your fists,

You turned me to shrapnel with your palms

I grew resilient

Like a tree I simply planted my roots firmly in the ground

So you can’t cut me down or knock me over
I was, am, a strong girl
not by nature, but by lack of nurture.

I raised me to be a strong girl.

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Isabella Fallahi

Isabella Fallahi

Just a young Persian Latina using poetry to heal and empower