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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.

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Duckie430 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Nov. 17, 2011 at 8:30 pm
This is my third time commenting on this poem, but I just had to come back one more time to say once again how much this poem has impacted my life more than anything else I've ever read. In my last comment, I said that I had printed out this poem to have to read when I needed it, & since then, I've shared this poem with my therapist, as well as girls from my eating disorder support group & girls I've met in my several hospitalizations, including a hosptialzation just this September-Octob... (more »)
 
sarah.s This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Nov. 18, 2011 at 7:49 am
That means... so, so, SO much to me. I'm overjoyed that this poem, which I wrote during my own recovery from anorexia, is still impacting people today, four years later. I, too, am from the RI area, and it's wonderful to hear that my work may be helping the lives of people I know. I so truly hope you're doing well; we are all beautiful, no matter our size, shape, color, etc. "Me" (by which I mean, YOU!) is  the most beautiful thing you can be! Stay strong, beautiful, inspired, indestructibl... (more »)
 
SANDY94 said...
Nov. 7, 2011 at 8:48 pm
GREAT JOB.... I HAVE A FRIEND DAT REALLIE GOT ISPIRED THANKZ TO THIS... =)
 
Whatreallymatters said...
Nov. 7, 2011 at 8:06 pm
Truly Inspiring and extremel helpful to all those out there who are struggling.
 
Ada D. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Nov. 7, 2011 at 7:37 pm
Wow! This was so great...so inspiring to hear you speak so candidly with the reader.
 
Char_Ryu said...
Nov. 7, 2011 at 12:04 pm
EMPOWERING!
 
Nicole-Leigh said...
Nov. 7, 2011 at 9:25 am
Awesome! Great peom! I loved evey line! Keep up the good....great work!
 
crazygal said...
Nov. 7, 2011 at 2:18 am
this is so beautiful... a real merge of d heart and mind!!!
 
Afra- said...
Nov. 4, 2011 at 8:22 am
WOW.......
 
reblep said...
Oct. 16, 2011 at 9:10 pm
this is just so inspiring and beautiful
 
Seelix said...
Oct. 16, 2011 at 6:34 pm
This is such an amazing poem, it speaks with so much hope to a lot of us who are strugling with such problems.
 
WhosLaughingNow said...
Oct. 16, 2011 at 12:32 pm
A lot of emotion. Good job!
 
Larz2 said...
Oct. 16, 2011 at 10:52 am
I love how you put a positive outlook on life that someone should be strong
 
GirlWhoWrote said...
Oct. 16, 2011 at 10:49 am

amazing. i love this so much. so inspiring.

Check out my peom, it's called "Murder", and "Thief". Thanks.

 
ms.practicallyintellectual said...
Oct. 16, 2011 at 8:44 am
I JUZ LOVD IT... I MN... WEN A PRSN CAN RITE SUCH A NICE POEM... DEN ONLY AN INTELLECTUALLY  CHALLENGED AND DUMB PRSN CAN GIVE HIM OR HER A DISDAINFULL LUK... IT IS MORE BOUT D INTRNL BEAUTY DAN D EXTRNL...
 
miaq96 said...
Oct. 16, 2011 at 3:00 am
just amazing...u are very strong person.
 
ZoeLiddell said...
Oct. 13, 2011 at 9:56 pm
Thank. You.
 
gleek1234 said...
Sept. 24, 2011 at 5:24 pm
wow... oh my god... that was amazing!! i am so sorry you had to got hrough that, but i am glad you better now! thank you for the poem it was beautuful a peice of art :)
 
jasont727 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Sept. 24, 2011 at 4:06 pm
Inspiring message and spectacular word choice. Thank you.
 
Anonymous_7 said...
Sept. 24, 2011 at 12:44 pm
I love this! It is a very inspiring poem! Keep it up! would you mind commenting/rating my poems? It would be most appreciated! Thanks.
 
AgentMandark said...
Sept. 24, 2011 at 9:10 am

As someone who has marked her stomach with scars, struggled with being overwight, and hangs around a bunch of skinny friends, I am inspired by this poem. Thank you so much. It is beautifully crafted and worded.

The structure is brilliant, the diction flows...an overall indescribably amazing poem. I hope you march forward to become an incredible writer someday :).

 
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