Her Kind of Beautiful

She’s her own kind of beautiful
The kind you wouldn’t notice at first glance,
or second, or at all
It takes a special talent to
She’s a… piece of work
A work of art
She’s a portrait unfinished
Layers upon years of brushstrokes
There’s actually not much to see
When you look at her like
another damn selfie
On your feed
She’s a masterpiece of an open book
Lying in wait
To be servoured cover to cover
Known page by page
Word for word
She doesn’t scream “pick me”
But if you took your time
immersed yourself
In the pursuit of ‘amazing’
you’d find her
On the borderline of perfect
The crinkle when she smiles
The depth in her words
Oh! Aren’t they blind
Those who see
with only their eyes.
~To the girl basking in insecurities who cried in our session today because of men like me, beautiful doesn’t even begin to describe you, I swear.

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Hassan Kassim

Hassan Kassim is a Mombasa-based Creative non-fiction writer, recently longlisted for the Toyin Falola prize, blogger and translator of Kiswahili work. A beneficiary of the Penpen program by African Writers Development Trust(AWDT) commissioned by Culture at Work Africa and the European Union(E.U), and holds his Bachelor’s degree in Maritime Management. Hassan writes about the ill-documented Communities of Coastal Kenya. His work has appeared in Writers Space Africa; his 2 non-fiction stories published in the anthology 'Twaweza,' a collaborative effort of 12 African writers on the African identity and set to appear in the forthcoming anthology for the Toyin Falola prize.

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