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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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Kyody said...
May 9, 2010 at 11:45 am
oh my goodness you are an amazing writer your work inspired me to write a different way this poem is so powerful it connects with me in ways i can only dream my work will work with other thank you for posting this and never stop writing
 
awesomeaugust This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
May 6, 2010 at 6:47 pm
This was such a strong, powerful, and impactful poem. I think it can help so many as well as free yourself from what you were going through. I'm glad this has been published as many deserve to see it. Keep writing and great job!
 
Everhart said...
May 6, 2010 at 5:04 pm
Preach it, sister. Stay beautiful.
 
Gabrielle W. said...
May 6, 2010 at 4:35 pm
This is inpirational to anyone who reads it, keep on writing and being your beautyful self.
 
halez96 said...
May 6, 2010 at 4:26 pm
This kind of sounds what I'm going through. But I'm not over it; I'm still completely drowning in it.
 
Barbie2010 replied...
May 7, 2010 at 6:58 pm
I don't think you ever get over it completely. That poem definitely inspires me to be good, though; to try to eat even when I don't want to
 
babyblue17 said...
May 6, 2010 at 3:14 pm
wow really good makes me think how unhappy we are if we are not accepted by our looks
 
live.create16 said...
May 6, 2010 at 10:24 am
this is such a beautiful poem. don't stop writing! EVER!!!
 
Rulesofmyown said...
May 6, 2010 at 9:55 am
amazingggggg, very inspirational, you are a great writer really. you are talented and gifted so never even think about stopping what you are writing!
 
charzard said...
May 6, 2010 at 9:34 am
wow. this is beautiful. i can relate to this so much... beautiful, beautiful, beautiful.
 
KaliKilledKarma said...
May 6, 2010 at 8:24 am

"From this point forward
the only things coming
out of my mouth will be
words."

This was my absolute favorite part of the poem. Love it. Insanely inspiring.

 
SassyJones said...
May 6, 2010 at 12:49 am
that made me cry. and i havnt cried about poetry- ever 
 
A_Dreamer said...
Apr. 25, 2010 at 7:00 pm

That was amazing.

Soo many people think that looks are important, when they aren't.

& You described that beautifully. :)

 
JustKelly said...
Apr. 22, 2010 at 2:36 pm
You go girl.
 
HeronHero said...
Apr. 14, 2010 at 10:46 pm
That was so beautiful. <3
 
apolloniaaa said...
Apr. 14, 2010 at 10:23 pm

"From this point forward
the only things coming
out of my mouth will be
words."

this is beautiful and inspiring. your words are strong and blunt, but in a very good way.

 
emo_nerd951 said...
Apr. 14, 2010 at 9:34 pm
This is amazing!!! Awesome job!!! keep writing!!!
 
Stephie said...
Apr. 14, 2010 at 5:33 pm
That was very inspiring and a good pledge.
 
PurpleFeather said...
Apr. 14, 2010 at 4:11 pm
Wonderful. So many girls don't have the courage to take that kind of pledge. So proud of you for not letting what society thinks about you bbecause of your weight control you. You go on, girl!
 
yesimdarrian101 said...
Apr. 14, 2010 at 3:14 pm
This was beautiful and inspiring.
 
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