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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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ThatEsotericGirl. said...
Oct. 7, 2010 at 9:51 pm
hey check out my work if you'd like. i really love your poem.
 
Erica B. said...
Oct. 7, 2010 at 6:37 pm
"I will not be afraid
to eat the birthday cake
you made me" is a brilliant line because it makes me wonder who "you" is and I can imagine all the things that person did for you.
 
pinkypromise23 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Oct. 7, 2010 at 8:10 pm
agreed.     
 
anonmyous replied...
Dec. 12, 2010 at 4:46 pm
agreed to the highest extent! you sould do what you want and when you want without worring avout judgement from other people! it's your life, live it like you want!!!
 
-DreamForever- said...
Oct. 7, 2010 at 6:30 pm
That is beautiful and oh so true. Keep writing and stay strong!
 
dylanlalala said...
Oct. 7, 2010 at 5:37 pm

The only things coming out of my mouth will be words."

My favorite part.

This poem is so inspiring... You are an amazing writer. Keep up the good work!

 
Ariel_Rosario said...
Oct. 7, 2010 at 4:26 pm
AMEN! You rock!!!!
 
Panda500 said...
Oct. 7, 2010 at 2:27 pm
baby you r da bomb!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
soccer_star4GOD said...
Oct. 7, 2010 at 1:39 pm
AMEN.
 
jlw11 said...
Oct. 7, 2010 at 1:09 pm
This was so beautiful and inspiring! Great Job! If you don't mind, could you check out some of my work? I would really appreciate it!!! (:
 
Jasmine W. said...
Oct. 7, 2010 at 11:13 am
This was really awesome.  A fabulous poem with a beautiful but powerful message. Well done.
 
mariel_f said...
Oct. 7, 2010 at 10:09 am
this poem is beaut
 
Amnoona said...
Oct. 7, 2010 at 7:09 am
Looove this! Amazing poem well done!! <3
 
YoungPoet99 said...
Sept. 15, 2010 at 10:10 pm
This is a really good poem! It's so real, it shows the problems hundreds of teenagers feel every day, and also explains that you can overcome it and be independent! Great poem, good job!
 
Kimberlie Regina said...
Sept. 15, 2010 at 7:12 pm

This is amazing. I went through this exact same process of self-awareness. This will encourage girls to live fully and break apart from what holds them back to true happiness!

Beautiful. Absolutely beautiful.

 
CoLdEsTNiGhTs said...
Sept. 15, 2010 at 5:51 pm
love this poem it really speaks to people
 
Joy P. said...
Sept. 15, 2010 at 3:50 pm
This is totally amazing...I know what you are going throug...I am so happy for you that you got in the mag. You did a great job!
 
Sapphire_Marie This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Sept. 15, 2010 at 12:12 am
so much emotion. a great poem. keep writing
 
Hummingbird This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Sept. 7, 2010 at 4:30 pm
This is an extremely beautiful poem that I'm sure speak out to many people. I hope that they will find meaning and refuge in this poem, because that is how it makes me feel. Beautiful words. That's all I can say.
 
Ellawind said...
Aug. 24, 2010 at 7:22 pm
This is amazing, it flows, it is beautiful, and it's honest. I've sometimes felt the same way as the narrator of the poem seems to have been before coming to the conclusion that it's okay to not be perfect. Great job! I think this is incredible. 
 
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