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Pledge MAG

November 23, 2008
By sarah.s SILVER, Attleboro, Massachusetts
sarah.s SILVER, Attleboro, Massachusetts
8 articles 0 photos 24 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Being happy doesn't mean everything is perfect; it means you're capable of looking beyond the imperfections." --Anonymous

From this point forward
I will not stand
to be unhappy
any longer.
I will not stand
to be broken down,
broken apart,
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
I will no longer be called
From this point forward
I am

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on Oct. 2 2012 at 12:56 pm
LittleOldMe SILVER, Kitty Hawk, North Carolina
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Favorite Quote:
"Love is being stupid, together"

That was awesome!!!!!! Great work:) keep writing and stay strong.

_Optimistic said...
on Sep. 16 2012 at 1:54 pm
_Optimistic, Place, Washington
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Favorite Quote:
Its easy to be tough but its harder to be strong. . .

Thank you so much for writing this 

on Sep. 10 2012 at 12:52 pm
TheReaper27 BRONZE, Denver, Colorado
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Favorite Quote:
Youll never succeed unless you try

God, you spoke the truth that not many people dare to say. Truly amazing. You have talent, honesty, and guts. I love it.

on Jul. 28 2012 at 4:38 pm
booksmangos BRONZE, Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania
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This is literally perfect and beautiful. I can relate a lot. Thanks for putting those universal girl feelings into words. Than you!

on Jul. 28 2012 at 1:54 am
KalliopeS BRONZE, Jonesborough, Tennessee
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Favorite Quote:
"Poets are always taking the weather so personally." J. D. Salinger

This is amazing. Truly wonderful, honest, and strong. Thank you for portraying this so well.

on Jul. 6 2012 at 11:51 am
hippiechick99 GOLD, Mesquite, Texas
11 articles 0 photos 224 comments

Favorite Quote:
"... How dreary to be somebody-- How public like a frog;
To tell one's name; the livelong June-- To an admiring bog"
-Emily Dickinson

This is so sadly true... I used to worry about my weight and in my opinion, don't over-eat, eat if you're hungry. If you aren't hungry, why eat? I love this poem so so much, and the truth is very convicting sometimes. Please check out some of my work :))

on Jun. 18 2012 at 6:29 pm
allaboutmylife PLATINUM, Miami, Florida
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This is so amazing and true in a twisted and blunt way. so many people see their food intake

on Jun. 17 2012 at 5:53 pm
peacedream3r SILVER, Middletown, Pennsylvania
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Beautiful!!  Your poem portrays a very uplifting, hopeful image tackling a problem that actually encompasses a lot of teens.  I loved it and hope that you keep writing!!

InkWriter13 said...
on Jun. 14 2012 at 9:14 pm

Wonderfully uplifting message. I agree with your pledge! Definitely a worthwhile endeavor. This is such a real problem that you have confronted in many lives across the world. Thanks for standing up for those without a voice. Beautiful poetry. :D Love your writing.

Would you please read and comment on my poem titled Onward and Upward? I would really appreciate it! :D

on May. 23 2012 at 9:25 pm
Shahiro PLATINUM, Johnston, Iowa
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Favorite Quote:
"Soon we must all choose between what is right and what is easy." - Dumbledore (Goblet of Fire)

Strong, powerful, I lov it nice work! Ps. Pleaz check out my work!

MilesC SILVER said...
on May. 23 2012 at 1:25 pm
MilesC SILVER, A Small Town, Pennsylvania
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Favorite Quote:
"Life is a system of balance. One thing will always be accompanied by a proportionate level of its counterpart. Happiness is more valuable when interrupted by periods of sadness." ~Bruce Stonemills

Quite a powerful pledge. The motivation and determination in your tone is heartening. Your personification of Ana was brief yet meaningful. Wonderfully subtle.


Many readers have commented on your use of "hyperbole", which is highly moving and powerful. The thing that I think makes this even more powerful is that in acutality, there is none.


There is no hyperbole in this poem.


That's what makes this pledge so powerful. The harshness of that reality. The way you stand before the raw truth, not frightened or timid, but wth strength and passion resonates in your words.


What you write is moving.

Jeret BRONZE said...
on May. 2 2012 at 12:57 pm
Jeret BRONZE, Waterford, Wisconsin
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Please keep your comments positive and constructive. We'll remove anything inappropriate. Thanks!

Jeret BRONZE said...
on May. 2 2012 at 12:57 pm
Jeret BRONZE, Waterford, Wisconsin
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Please keep your comments positive and constructive. We'll remove anything inappropriate. Thanks!

Sassy24 said...
on May. 2 2012 at 10:24 am
That was a really well written poem!  I absolutely love how the reader had to infer that you were talking about anorexia(: I liked the alliteration that wrapped it all up at the end.  I think you should write more poems!

irishlass317 said...
on May. 1 2012 at 10:17 pm
irishlass317, Jefferson City, Missouri
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Favorite Quote:
"I asked Jesus 'How much do you love me?' He answered 'This much.' And He streched out His arms and died."

This is soooo amazing!!!! I love it!! <3

Setizia GOLD said...
on May. 1 2012 at 3:36 pm
Setizia GOLD, Darnestown, Maryland
13 articles 5 photos 44 comments

Favorite Quote:
The purpose of life is to search eternally for the purpose of life

Inspiring. Awe-inspiring. Powerful.

You've managed to speak out your deepest thoughts...something I can never do. Where do you find the courage and power to do so?

on May. 1 2012 at 3:00 pm
RoseMadder95 BRONZE, Hockessin, Delaware
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Favorite Quote:
Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.

- John Lennon

This piece really is inspiring. I love how you used a repetition of words (broken down, broken hearted) and i also loved how you stayed true to what you were saying and didn't use metaphors to say some of the statements you made. Most people would beat around the bush on a subject like this, making their pieces confusing. You didn't do that. Whatever you do, keep writing. I'd like to see more of your work. :)

on May. 1 2012 at 2:37 pm
The end had lots of good alliteration! I love this poem because it is very moving for  people with anorexia.

on May. 1 2012 at 2:37 pm
dubstep_lover, Waterford, Wisconsin
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I loved how you used the alliteration because alliteration is a tongue twister and I LOVE tongue twisters. I also liked the the poem because its kind of like an epic poem because you are talking about your selj and how you are going to get stronger instead of geting weaker. GOOD JOB!!

Collin said...
on May. 1 2012 at 2:29 pm
I think this is a very inspirational poem. There are alot of people that should read this. Love it.