The weight of dignity

Scale

Torturing my body . . .
starving,
binging,
purging,
binging . . .
abhorring the reflected image . . .
if only I could lose a stone
or two
or three
or twelve . . .
the perpetuity
of measuring self-worth
with fat cells

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This poem was written for the Trifecta Writing Challenge # 58 – a 33-word piece including the word stone, using any definition of stone.

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33 responses to this post.

  1. This is a reality for so many people. You captured it well.

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  2. It’s a terrible thing, isn’t it? The last three lines are so familiar…

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  3. Love the shape of your poem. Self-worth & fat cells, ugh, a vicious cycle, perpetuated by our society. But you know YOUR self-worth is internal, and is golden!

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  4. In my high school days, I could relate to the emotions in this (not so much the binge/purge- but the starving). My older self looks back on my anxiety and it makes no sense to me. I thought I was fat then (at 90 pounds)…I would’ve been horrified at my weight now!

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  5. Oh Dayle, what a beautiful capture of the world of dieting and self-image! I really love the structure of this poem and the way you used stone – wonderfully done!

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  6. Nicely done!

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  7. Accolades for great structure and use of the word stone. Wonderful.

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  8. Posted by izzy on March 9, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    If you identified with my piece and wrote this-you do understand addiction!
    such a sad hard place to be in- thanks for visiting!

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  9. Pretty much sums it up.. Well written..x

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  10. What a tragedy to weigh one’s worth on the basis of their “fat” cells!Makes one shudder to think what havoc this society so obsessed with plastic beauty & unrealistic body images,is playing on vulnerable minds!You captured this turmoil & inner conflict beautifully in 33 words!Bravo!

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  11. I do so like the words you have chosen and how you described the inner battle within ourselves for the ‘perfect us’…when really we are perfect all of the time.

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  12. This is a really great way to tackle a really difficult topic. Nicely done.

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  13. right there with ya – great job!

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  14. Posted by kymminbarcelona on March 11, 2013 at 7:02 am

    Oh I hear ya. Start with torture and end with measuring self-worth – not a good road!

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  15. Posted by indieflower on March 11, 2013 at 8:59 am

    “the perpetuity
    of measuring self-worth
    with fat cells”

    What an excellent ending. Well done.

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