Please Pick Me

Reina Regina with Straecy Li (Illustrator)

nonfiction poetry
adventurous emotional inspiring slow-paced

232 pages

In a garden of a thousand other volumes, my little yellow book with its earnest plea and hopeful flowers on the cover sits waiting for you to pick it up. It's got a heart it wants to give away.

These haikus, poems, and prose pieces are about

the miracle of being wanted back by someone we want,

the desperation of hoping they'll fight harder when they waver,

the rawness of seeking reassurance that we are loved as we are, and

the tenderness we feel when we're sending love out to others

-all those moments when we are making our need to be accepted plain and praying, please pick me.

This book was born after twenty-six years of learning that it's okay to want to be wanted, that vulnerability is merely throwing open the gateway to honest connections, and that fighting to be loved the way you deserve is bravery and not weakness.

I hope you open it. I hope it invites you to be open too.

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