A vicious cycle. This work is considered exceptional by our editorial staff.

January 20, 2013
By , Clayton, MO
one ten means beauty.
one ten mean you're worth it.
one ten means all the stomach pains
calorie counting
and claiming you're just “not hungry”
was worth it.

You step onto the frigid machine once more.
As you do at every dawn
and every dusk.
The translucent screen stares up at you
pondering what number it will show.
The number which will decide what meals you will consume
and if you will be able to achieve
any peace of mind today.

The monster finishes thinking
and the number one ten flashes at you
like the winning lottery number on tv.
A sudden wave of joy
and relief.

But then a thought.
one ten is ugly.
one hundred is beautiful.

This cycle of ugly and beautiful will continue.
Until you wither away from all the
calorie counting
and claiming you're just “not hungry”.

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shapeshifter56 said...
Jan. 27, 2013 at 10:19 pm
Wow. This was very touching to me. I am struggling right now with this. Either way, this is truly beautiful work. You conveyed a very powerful message. Thank you for writing this. Keep up the great work :)
poetfanatic This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Jan. 28, 2013 at 4:43 pm
Thank you very much! I'm glad you liked it
plebeian_dreamer said...
Jan. 27, 2013 at 1:41 pm
Good poem; I've never seen poetry pertaining to this subject before.
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