Published 11:42 AM EDT Aug 2, 2019
What’s Duchess Meghan’s personal favorite poem?
Or, rather favourite poem? (She’s a royal, so she uses British English now.)
As the guest editor of British Vogue’s September issue, the duchess writes that it’s a piece called “A Note from the Beach,” written by English novelist and mental health advocate Matt Haig.
The poem is told from the perspective of the beach, telling visitors not to be self-conscious about their bodies. It also contains the F-word.
Here is the poem in full, which comes from Haig’s book, “Notes on a Nervous Planet”:
I am the beach.
I am created by waves and currents.
I am made of eroded rocks.
I exist next to the sea.
I have been around for millions of years.
I was around at the dawn of life itself.
And I have to tell you something.
I don’t care about your body.
I am a beach.
I literally don’t give a (expletive).
I am entirely indifferent to your body mass index.
I am not impressed that your abdominal muscles are visible to the naked eye.
I am oblivious.
You are one of 200,000 generations of human beings.
I have seen them all.
I will see all the generations that come after you, too.
It won’t be as many. I’m sorry.
I hear the whispers the sea tells me.
(The sea hates you. The poisoners. That’s what it calls you. A bit melodramatic, I know. But that’s the sea for you. All drama.)
And I have to tell you something else.
Even the other people on the beach don’t care about your body.
They are staring at the sea, or they are obsessed with their own appearance.
And if they are thinking about you, why do you care? Why do humans worry so much about a stranger’s opinion?
Why don’t you do what I do. Let it wash all over you. Allow yourself just to be as you are.
The poem is “the best reminder during the summer season…or any season, as a matter of fact,” the duchess wrote in the magazine.
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Haig seemed delighted to have his work featured by the royal.
“Officially in vogue,” he wrote on Instagram, after also posting about how it’s “A surreal honour” that Duchess Meghan selected his work. “Glad she digs my stupid humour.”