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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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HHHpaintball said...
May 1, 2012 at 10:27 am

i loved how u did this! i cought the rythim of the poem very quickly.

 

 
CamCam<3 said...
May 1, 2012 at 10:21 am
I loved your poem!!!! I liked how you used metaphors to compare what you used to be to who you are now. WOW I could totally feel your strength as you were writing this piece. I also thought it was cool how your poem was like one giant stanza :D
 
why do u care said...
May 1, 2012 at 8:05 am
I like the hyperbole and the metaphor.  I like the hyperbole that the only thing to come out of your mouth would be words.
 
why do u care said...
May 1, 2012 at 7:56 am
I like the hyperbole and the metaphors.
 
Indilove said...
May 1, 2012 at 7:43 am
Amazing job, this will really help people out there. They need this poem great work
 
dancing in the rain said...
Apr. 23, 2012 at 7:22 pm
Gave this to my struggling best friend and now, we're both doing our best to follow it. I love this. Gave us both hope. <3
 
JPanda13 said...
Apr. 18, 2012 at 5:13 pm
I know i've already commented on it, but i cant help but reading it over and over agin. We all live by this unspoken rule that if your not skinny, your not pretty. But we all know its not true. But we still worry about our weight and try to fit in with the skinny popular girls. Omg! i cant even describe how much i love this!!!
 
JPanda13 said...
Apr. 11, 2012 at 10:46 am
this is amazing. So many people, including me, worry about living up to other peoples standards. we lead our lives worrying about our weight and being fat. Im not saying that im not gonna worry any more, but it is such a good reminder of what i already knew about not worrying about being fat and dieting at the age of thirteen. I LOVE it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
saryachan This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Apr. 9, 2012 at 11:10 pm
god lord, that's something that i wish i could do myself. completely astounding.
 
CreativeAngel said...
Apr. 9, 2012 at 6:19 pm
wow! Very insperational and amazing. Keep up the poetry!
 
SweetSandyFlower replied...
Apr. 9, 2012 at 9:37 pm
i love this poem. very touching. It gives hope and inspiration
 
dragonfly95 said...
Apr. 9, 2012 at 2:10 pm
beautiful, just beatiful, very inspired and i live it! check out my work please, thanks!
 
LovelessWriter1090This 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. said...
Apr. 9, 2012 at 7:30 am
Yeah! Give it up for you,honey!
 
Sica21 said...
Mar. 30, 2012 at 8:36 pm
WOW!!! AMAZING!!!!!! DEFINITELY ONE OF MY FAVORITES!!! :3
 
Lizla This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Mar. 18, 2012 at 8:17 pm
I loved this piece! So desolate, yet hopeful, love, love, love it. Stay strong, girl! Check out my work too?
 
RunningGinger said...
Feb. 25, 2012 at 11:03 pm
I had a cousin that went through this, and now couldn't be more handsome... It's good to see him strong, healthy, and loving life. This is very powerful, and im going to show it to my friends who think they are "fat," though they are some of the skinnyest people I have ever met.
 
Moee1 replied...
Mar. 18, 2012 at 6:58 pm
please go check out my poetry PLZ
 
MysteryWounds said...
Feb. 25, 2012 at 10:54 pm
you made me cry <3 im glad you're stronger now :D
 
Moee1 replied...
Mar. 18, 2012 at 6:58 pm
please go check out my poetry PLZ
 
scenesoccerqueen said...
Feb. 25, 2012 at 8:23 pm
Very inspirational and true!!!!! I am so glad you've changed your outlook and this is a great poem also! Keep writing!
 
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