Do you have less than four minutes to give your body today? If so, give it to this video, this experience. Mary Lambert, famous for the chorus of the breakthrough Macklemore song “Same Love,” went on to create a beautiful and touching song from those well-known words (“She keeps me warm” – if you haven’t heard it, that should be your next stop). Little did I know, she is also a poet. This video is her spoken word poetry accompanied by some guitar work. A self-defined “lipstick lesbian” (Wikipedia), Lambert also defies society’s norm for how female singer-songwriters in the public eye should look. Her words are wide open, bare, vulnerable, strong and weak all at once. Experience it for yourself.
Below are some quotes that stood out to me as I listened:
“its never easy to accept that our bodies are fallible and flaws”
“still hoping that the mortician finds us fuckable”
“i only know how to exist when i am wanted – girls like us are hardly ever wanted”
“love your body the way your mother loved your baby feet”
“your sexiness is defined by concentric circles within your wood. it is wisdom – you are a goddamn tree stump with leaves sprouting out – reborn.”