Portrait by Cindy Nguyen. Hanoi, 2017


My roots grew deep
Weeping willows grow strong from underneath my cheek

The future may seem bleak
But fuck that, it’s bright
Prime time: time to fight.

Put on your bronze gloves
And golden greaves
Smile for the camera
It’s time to cheese.

Life is a breeze
Always pull yourself up
Even when your knees are bruised and battered
Disregard that— what’s the matter?
Be gladder
That you’re stronger today
Than you were yesterday
Be amazed
That you’re stronger than you think.
You don’t need liquid courage
To drink your fear away
Your confidence is growing
Fill it to the brink today.

Defend your title
Throw haymakers
Pound the ground

Fuck you fear
See you later.

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