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Am I supposed to be tall and thin
With almonds for eyes and honey for skin?
Do you want for my heart to have numbers inside
So my ribcage can show and my stomach can hide?
My features are round and my body is tough,
And I hear, “Tone it down – muscle isn't enough.
Let your bones tell the earth that you're ­gentle and light.
You can start with the scale, for the scale's ­always right!”
Is it wrong to have shape in my belly and thighs?
I would rather wear strength than a hunger-disguise.

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CasimirPulaski This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jul. 12, 2013 at 11:28 am:
The brutality and honestly coming from this piece still rings true with the harsh reality of today. Sad to see that this is how we are living, but these words are timeless. A beautiful poem! :)
 
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beautifulspiritThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jan. 31, 2012 at 1:04 pm:
Totally awesome---body image is so important nowadays, but people need to realize that you shouldn't obsess over trying to be someone else's idea of perfect. Great poem~
 
LihuaEmily This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Feb. 10, 2012 at 7:22 pm :
Your words mean a lot to me. I'm glad you like the poem.
 
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Me22895 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jul. 11, 2011 at 8:22 pm:
This is beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
LiliPRI This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Sept. 5, 2011 at 3:11 pm :
Thank you!
 
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shoelessjoe This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jul. 11, 2011 at 7:54 pm:
I LOVE it! and i'm right there with you ;) Fantastic piece =D
 
LiliPRI This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Sept. 5, 2011 at 3:11 pm :
Thanks so much!
 
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jaygonz said...
Jul. 11, 2011 at 5:55 pm:
wow, the first line had me <3 this is really really good !
 
LiliPRI This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Sept. 5, 2011 at 3:14 pm :
Thank you - I'm glad you like it!
 
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mauiijims13 said...
Jul. 11, 2011 at 5:06 pm:
i really like this. i wish i could think like this...im battling anorexia:/  sometimes it just takes over even though it doesnt make any sense
 
LiliPRI This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Sept. 5, 2011 at 3:13 pm :
I also was anorexic and man, is it painful - even though it does not make sense. I know. I hope you get past it and please know that I've been there and it WILL get better.
 
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ElleNicole said...
Jul. 11, 2011 at 11:13 am:

I'm so glad this is published. This is an amazing message and your words are perfect.

Check out my poem? Thanks so much if you do, I really need more feedback!

 
LiliPRI This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Sept. 5, 2011 at 3:14 pm :
Sure, I definitely will! Thanks for your comment!
 
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DaniDee said...
Feb. 23, 2011 at 11:54 pm:
Amazing! I absolutely love this! :)
 
LiliPRI This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Mar. 8, 2011 at 9:12 am :
I'm glad you do, thank you! 
 
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mimirocks124 said...
Aug. 26, 2010 at 11:54 am:
wow i love it ! the topic is serious, yet u rhymed the poem without making it sound childish. extremely talented! can relate well!
 
Lilihua This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Aug. 26, 2010 at 3:27 pm :
Hey, thanks!!
 
music_dreamer replied...
Aug. 27, 2010 at 11:42 am :
ur welcome. check out my stuff wen it gets approved? :)
 
Lilihua This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Aug. 27, 2010 at 5:26 pm :
Sure, I will!
 
mimirocks124 replied...
Aug. 28, 2010 at 3:26 pm :
thnx so much!
 
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