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From this point forward
I will not stand
to be unhappy
any longer.
I will not stand
to be broken down,
broken apart,
broken-hearted.
From this point forward
my success does not depend
on my waistline
and my strength does not depend
on my weakness.
My biggest fear is not
the nutrition label.
From this point forward
I will not worry those
who love me.
I will not look at those
with hip bones
and rib cages
and be jealous.
I will not be afraid
to eat the birthday cake
you made me.
I will not measure
every morsel as if
any more would make
it poison.
From this point forward
food is not my enemy
and Ana is not my friend.
Size zero is not beautiful
and 90 pounds is not ideal.
I am no longer
enslaved by my scale
and it is not an awful day
when I weigh enough
to donate blood.
From this point forward
the only things coming
out of my mouth will be
words.
I will no longer be called
Disgraceful,
Disgusting,
Distasteful.
From this point forward
I am
Inspired,
Indestructable,
Independent.

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.




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dancinggirl22 said...
Mar. 10, 2011 at 8:52 pm
this is an amazing poem... its so powerful.... i luv it!!
 
StrangerOnTheStreet said...
Mar. 10, 2011 at 7:46 pm

extremely powerful. and it personally touched me

 

 
Guatemalianchic27 said...
Mar. 10, 2011 at 7:41 pm
this poem is amazing, many of my own are about being strong, being myself and not alowing myself to be put down
 
chevy said...
Mar. 10, 2011 at 6:30 pm
love it. we should all take this to heart.
 
bellastar said...
Mar. 10, 2011 at 4:44 pm
all i can say is that this is simply amazing...beatiful.
 
allstargirl :) replied...
Mar. 10, 2011 at 5:02 pm
this is one of the best poems i have ever heard; please keep up on the awesome work! i agree: this is simply amazing!
 
Shadowgirl113 said...
Mar. 10, 2011 at 4:04 pm
Absolutely beautiful and very inspiring
 
HannSawyer17 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Mar. 10, 2011 at 2:06 pm
Beautiful. Simply beautiful.
 
ShadowWriter said...
Mar. 10, 2011 at 11:05 am
Two words I can say. Beautifully Written
 
art.girl2424 said...
Mar. 10, 2011 at 6:36 am
WOW. this is a realllyyy beautiful poem :). <3 !!
 
aod20 said...
Mar. 10, 2011 at 5:54 am
The only thing I could say to this inspiring, beautiful author is: you go, girl!
 
lisforlovely said...
Mar. 10, 2011 at 1:23 am
I can't even begin to explain how much this relates to me. Except I struggle with Mia. I wish I could be as strong as you. So beautifully written.
 
Vesperstar23 said...
Feb. 16, 2011 at 10:14 pm
This is such an amazing poem! I can't thank you enough for sharing. It's so refreshing! Keep it up!!!!!! :D Never Stop Writting! :D
 
WrubyWriter said...
Feb. 16, 2011 at 7:22 pm

This is gorgeous! You really capture a reader and i love your simply yet telling word choice! Awesome!

 

 
wonderlandhaley said...
Feb. 16, 2011 at 3:02 pm
This was a wonderful poem, but, i hate when people write somewhat badly about skinny people. i have lived my whole life with people telling me if either anorexic or bulimic when i'm not either of those things. I don't gain weight easily, and i used to try and try to at least get up to 100 pounds. I'm 86lbs. In a size 0. Do you know how long it took me to get our of a size 00? No. You don't. i'm not trying to trash talk you. I just hate when people hate on people because there too skinny, ... (more »)
 
sarah.s This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Feb. 16, 2011 at 4:52 pm
Thank you for your feedback, but it seems to me that your attack on me is utterly uncalled for. Never anywhere did I say that skinny people aren't beautiful. This is a poem about ME. Not about you. Size zero/90 lbs wouldn't be beautiful for ME.
 
wonderlandhaley replied...
Feb. 20, 2011 at 3:37 pm
i'm sorry that you think i was trying to attack you but that wasnt what i was going for. And yes, i know you werent trying to say that skinny people are not beautiful. i just felt that when you just said zero/90lbs wouldnt be beautiful on you, i took it the wrong way. I'm sorry. Next time i'll try to think before i type. Again -- i'm sorry.
 
apurplechick said...
Feb. 16, 2011 at 7:59 am
beautiful....simply said
 
pnkninja11 said...
Feb. 16, 2011 at 7:54 am
I understand how you feel. I think almost every girl cares about her body image. As I've gotten older I have learned to love myself. I'm glad you did too!
 
bilbogirl said...
Feb. 16, 2011 at 6:14 am
This is an amazingly inspirational poem. Having never experianced anorexia, I don't know exactly how you feel. However, I can feel the hope and joy that radiates from this poem. Well done, five stars :D
 
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