Weight: A Poem from My Book “Unsettled”


I take up space
because I’m allowed to.

My place in this universe
is forgiving, soft, and flexible.

The outside doesn’t always match the inside;
but what if it did?

What’s wrong with the outside?
I’m larger than life with a body and mind that’s thriving.

Head up. Chin up.
My defiance brings me home.

My curves are gorgeous,
my freedom is mine,

and I relinquish the weight of your words.


  1. Katydid says

    Regarding taking up space: there is a saying that a woman’s value increased the closer she is to a size 0. Anyone who’s ever tried to meet an unrealistic weight goal realizes that the effort it takes and the all-consuming hunger from staying that small keeps women from doing anything else.

    So, be proud of taking up space!

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