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christies heart
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0 posted 03-18-2000 04:44 AM       View Profile for christies heart   Email christies heart   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for christies heart

My size ten jeans fit well on my frame,
Okay, so I'm no longer size two.
My belly's pooch is very slight,
bearly a memory of where children once grew.

Every day at the gym for an hour or more
I work on my total "well being".
My body's firm and my heart is strong;
I shouln't care what they'll be seeing.

Despite this truth, this healthful view,
I am trapped behind a tripple locked door.
No matter how healthy my body and soul,
my thoughts run forever unsure.

Gone are the days of starving myself
a sickness I've beaten but can never kill.
My self esteem is just strong enough
to deny this urge to test my own will.

Yet, why must I go though the rest of my life
only half sure of all that is real.
My body image is a hazy half truth.
that remembers when I could not feel.

Caught like the hunted in a healthy/fat world
cast forever in the fiction of image's truth.
Will I deny for my life the goodness of me
in attempt to ease further the pain of my youth?

 Grant that I may not judge my niegbor until I have walked a mile in his moccasians

Native American prayer




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1 posted 03-18-2000 08:21 AM       View Profile for Pepper   Email Pepper   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Pepper

Christies Heart,
I think there are many that can identify with the feelings in your piece .... I , for one , can and do ....
Very well done !!
Janet Marie
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2 posted 03-18-2000 09:38 AM       View Profile for Janet Marie   Email Janet Marie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Janet Marie

once again your words move and effect me...I all to well related to this one...
never lose sight of the beautiful and strong woman that lives inside that "body image"
She is very special.
take care, jm

 Now for me some words come easy
But I know that they don't mean that much
Compared with the things that are said when lovers touch
You never knew what I loved in you
I don't know what you loved in me
Maybe the picture of somebody you were hoping I might be
jackson browne


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3 posted 03-18-2000 10:22 AM       View Profile for Marilyn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Marilyn

Oh boy can I relate to this piece! Though I have never been a size 10 and could only dream of a size 2. *shaking head* (I think I was a size 2 when I was 5 years old..lol).
I am 5'11 and have a very broad bone structure (don't you hate heredity?). Being a tall, strong structured woman to begin with doesn't help in this struggle. Bravo with this piece. Good writing.  
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4 posted 03-18-2000 01:02 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

Most people can relate to this struggle. I know it isn't easy. You've expressed it well!

Denise
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5 posted 03-19-2000 06:16 AM       View Profile for RainbowGirl   Email RainbowGirl   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit RainbowGirl's Home Page   View IP for RainbowGirl

Well done sweetheart ...it must be exceptionally hard at times..   hmmmm, what's a size 2, sounds incredibly tiny to me?

HUGS

 I love the way I look in your eyes, I'm just me tho'...
We are all works in progress, no?



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christies heart
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6 posted 03-20-2000 05:13 AM       View Profile for christies heart   Email christies heart   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for christies heart

Thank you all for commenting on this poem. I know many woman can relate to some of the feelings I still struggle with.I have a long ago history of these kind of problems and restricting food ect.  Recently a lot of these bad "self image" thoughts are coming up cause I have a very close family memeber dealing with an eating disorder. Part of me (the bigger part..no pun indended) sees the sickness she deals with. The other part..actually ends of feeling some of those crazy thoughts myself. It helps a lot to get feedback regarding this. It is good to know I am not totally out there with these confilicting thoughts!

 Grant that I may not judge my niegbor until I have walked a mile in his moccasians

Native American prayer


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