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Pledge This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

By sarah.s, Attleboro, MA

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.

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11 comment(s)
CristyD
A brilliant challenge of an impractical standard of what it is to be a perfect woman. More women should embrace this pledge. You have truly inspired me on this Friday afternoon.
Jul. 17, 2015 at 4:27 PM • Report
Iamwhoiam16
I really love the way it was written! :) Great job! can you check out some of my poems,please
Mar. 19, 2015 at 6:21 AM • Report
GeorgiaLaz
Really nice
Jan. 26, 2015 at 8:13 PM • Report
Hanna O.
This is an amazing poem and it is relatable. It is also very strong powerful. It's beautiful.
Jan. 06, 2015 at 7:55 PM • Report
Sarah23
I love this peom, I am very glad that i read this today, and it should be shown everywhere
May. 21, 2014 at 12:21 PM • Report
Laugh_Live_Write
This is a very good poem. You did a wonderful job. :)
Apr. 02, 2014 at 8:30 PM • Report
Presley B.
All girls should read this, the girls who see themselves as obese and overweight who are really underweight. I'm glad you wrote this topic the way you did because if somebody had written this any other way i wouldn't have the same opinion. Good job!
Aug. 20, 2013 at 8:22 PM • Report
AdrianaMartinez
Absolute perfection. This poem can be related to most, if not all, teens out there comparing themselves to someone who you think looks better. I loved the refrences; they fit in perfecty in the poem. And not only that, your choice of words was great, and it all flowed very smoothly.
Jul. 09, 2013 at 3:32 AM • Report
RosePal
That was beautiful! Recovery is a long road but you're walking it <3
Jun. 16, 2013 at 8:59 AM • Report
Deej6595
Thank you for writing this for all of us. I can relate to this and I am going to show this to many people.
Nov. 30, 2012 at 3:28 PM • Report
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