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The Powerful Plaid

July 25, 2021
By Rsnail-925 PLATINUM, Boulder, Colorado
Rsnail-925 PLATINUM, Boulder, Colorado
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I know its stupid to say 


That a piece of clothing 


Could make me feel 


So happy 


But this is the case


For my powerful plaid 

 

It makes me myself 


Not somebody else 


In a crop top 


Or mini skirt 


But me 

 

The one thing I can control


Is the way I dress


And when I wear this plaid 


It makes me feel invincible 

 

Like I could win the lottery 


Or drive a motorcycle 


Or have decent cousins 


Or sing well

 

And I know 


“It's just a piece of clothing” 


They say 


“Stop wearing the plaid”


They say

 

Well


I could care less what they think 


Because in my mind 


This is the closest thing I can get to being me


And if you criticize the way I dress 


It's not your problem 


I don't care what you think


Just leave me alone 

 

This powerful plaid 


For me 


Is worth more than gold 


Worth more than family 


Worth more than a mansion 


I know that's extreme 


But for me 


It's the truest thing I’ve ever said 


It's not A fashion statement 


It's MY fashion statement 


I can be my perfect self 


With it on


And that's good enough for me 


The author's comments:

Out of the 8+ articles of plaid clothing I own, there's one that stands out compared to the others. It's my absolute favorite plaid and It makes me feel truly authentic with myself. So I thought I should write about how much it has helped me with self-confidence and acceptance.


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