Hurting Poem by Teens

Poem About My Struggle With Food

This poem is an outline of the torture I went through in my junior high years. Depression led to eating disorders, and I soon came to a point where I considered suicide. But I found peace with therapy and family support. I am a lot better now and hope to inspire those who think that being perfect is everything. Just be yourself!

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Imperfection

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Published: February 2017

The image I face in the mirror shoots me with worried looks.
"Lose weight," a voice cold as a snake hisses.
The words rattle in my skull.

Fingers bully my belly
As they pinch and pull and grasp at my imperfections.
"Too much fat," they taunt.

I go down the stairs and the torture begins.
Evil eyes monitor my every move and thoughts.
My conscience screams, "Get a grip!" But it's too late.
I've done something wrong.

Guilt sweeps over my head.
Tears flow down my cheeks
Like a leaky faucet too damaged to be fixed.

I am a danger to my own body.
A normal girl enveloped within,
Sealed with fear, depression, restriction and control.

It is a challenge as punishable as the sheerest of cliffs.
I am its challenger, a free climber,
Stumbling with each move but still holding on.

No matter how badly the surface beneath me crumbles,
I will continue upward.
I will not quit until I overcome this mountain.

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  • by Mia A. Lassiter
  • 1 year ago

I love the message of your poem. So many girls struggle with body image, and it is important for them to overcome these insecurities with the support of others. It is great that you promote the beauty and uniqueness of each individual.

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