I first learned of Natalie Patterson last year when she recited her poem “Beautiful Body” on a video produced by SoulPancake, somewhat of a social experiment that explores art, culture, science, spirituality and more. Patterson’s poem can best be described, in my opinion, as a confession. She lets viewers into her revelation, that she is beautiful. And her conviction makes you believe you are too.
A SoulPancake post always seems to filter to the top of my Facebook newsfeed with just the right amount of positivity and encouragement needed for me to take a deep breath and smile…or cry (the good kind of crying). After a series of clicks I landed on another Patterson poem posted last year, “10 Things Every Female Should Know.” The Thought Catalogs and Buzzfeeds of the world are full of similar lists. Patterson’s poem, however, is not full of trivial notations on being on trend or fitting in. It is an unction to think of oneself differently, wholly.
The poem begins, “You are prayer in the most holy mouth.” If every woman, if every person could see him or herself in such sacred terms how much more would we love and care for ourselves? How much more would we love and care for others?
The video post is a year old, but the message remains relevant. Happy Women’s History Month.