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Heather
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So, do it!

Do NOT post here today about dieting or losing weight or shaving or how you hate your big butt or your small breasts or your funny penis or your floppy labia.

http://loveyourbody.nowfoundation.org/

Here's what I propose.

Write a haiku* or two to a body part you need to make peace with, or have made peace with, but once didn't feel so hot about.

I'll start.

if smile lines are bad,
a frown would be more lovely
to see than a smile.


and...

these thick, sturdy legs,
gifted by my ancestors;
a strength to stand on.


* in case you're rusty on haiku, it's a short asian form of poetry. Traditionally, it's three lines: first line is five syllables/phoentic units, second is seven, last is five.

[ 01-20-2011, 03:45 PM: Message edited by: Heather ]

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a warrior's bulk
to carry life on my back
i will not wear thin

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my eyes can see you
all you see is the slant of
exotic eyelids

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that's a big weight off
my chest: you love me despite
no, because of it

sensitivity
handled gently, becomes a
sweet variation

(ack! I cannot get
my lines to remain themselves;
I hope you see them right.)

[ 10-18-2006, 09:59 PM: Message edited by: not_a_hobgoblin ]

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Heather
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Ha! Fabulous!

I have another.

I am a short story.
as full as a novel is,
just concentrated.


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Hard-working feet ache,
toiling for the future,
a path to freedom.

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My chest is hidden
Wonder how nice it is there
underneath my shirt?

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I have another one. I was always teased about the "masculinity" of this body part:

The strength of my face,
angular jaw and forehead;
beautiful and fierce.

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(Isn't that weird, that "masculine" bit as an insult?

I remember once, years back, coming upon a discussion forum with a group of men talking about my self-portratiture work, jibing about how I had a "man-face." I sat there reading, trying to figure out how simple they might have though I was to have found that in any way insulting, or anything but just...I don't know, descriptive, at best. But as a strong woman, as a woman glad to be strong, and one well aware of how silly gender assignments are, it was just so amazing to me, in the way they went on, at how clearly they obviously thought that to be incredibly purposefullly insulting. And how utterly silly an insult that is, especially in a culture where what ios masculine is what is given the most value, anyway.)

Nice haiku! No need to keep these for one day a year. [Smile]

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(I'm amazed that those were grown men! At least the ones that tried to offend me were Jr. high/high school kids, which is far more excuseable.

I've posed for a few artists from Northern Europe and Russia, where not only is it common for native women to have "masculine" facial features, it's seen as a mark of beauty and good fortune. Amazing how the land of the free can't be up to speed, eh?)

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The English attempt at haikus is an example of an abomination and arrogance in language.

dry mouth crooked teeth
smiling never stops despite
himself, filling doubt

It's not entirely happy, but it gets there eventually in part 2, which I forgot.

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Oh, fine breasts of mine
back pain but you fill out my
shirt nicely, as well

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When I was in late elementary school/early middle school, there was one boy who frequently teased me about my nose, which is a little on the large side. It, among other things, did leave me with some self confidence issues. I've since more or less dealt with them, and I do love and cherish my body, but I still feel angry and hurt when I think of that boy. I'm not much of a poet, but here's my haiku anyways:

This nose you call huge
Is heritage--my family--
Evident in me.

I wrote a couple others, as well:

Small hands, callouses,
Short nails called "unfeminine"
Tools for life and love

Freckle on forehead,
There since birth, is beautiful.
One more touch of me.

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Yes, I am all curves.
And I fill my jeans nicely.
Watch me strut my stuff.

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It's always changing
Rearranging shrinking growing
I'm never satisfied

but

Surface is one thing,
I can't be content because,
shapes can't define me.

so

I define myself,
with other things known to me,
So, in that I'm free.

[ 12-31-2006, 12:45 AM: Message edited by: PenguinBoy ]

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Looking down my shirt
There is nothing to see here
Nothing in the way

...and another

They call me bean sprout.
They ask "Where's the rest of you?"
I'm sitting on it.

...aaand here's another

Light enough some say
To evade some judging eyes.
Just not theirs, I guess.

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Dark as chocolate,
Warm and kind. With the eyes of
grandmother I see.

Gargantuan lips.
I hid them once, from all sight.
Land a plane on them...

Stomach is not flat.
Once obese inside my mind,
I'm not a fat man.

Cap'n said: "May not be
all that smart, but you ain't weak,
an' that ain't nothing."

Behind my eyes, worlds.
Billions live and laugh and love;
words flow from fingers.

Firefly in the sky
We've done the impossible
Brown coat on my back.

[ 01-26-2007, 10:05 AM: Message edited by: James the Dark ]

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"And you're really asking me if I prefer injury to embarrassment? That's not even a choice. I don't know anybody who's literally died of embarrassment."

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(Dayum, James. You rocked that.)

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Haiku is easy.
I failed poetry in school;
I must have talent!

Rationalize in
haiku. This thing is getting
swiftly out of hand.

[ 01-26-2007, 04:37 PM: Message edited by: James the Dark ]

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"And you're really asking me if I prefer injury to embarrassment? That's not even a choice. I don't know anybody who's literally died of embarrassment."

People are annoying sometimes.

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With each sneer and threat
My core just becomes harder;
So come, bring it on.

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(Love this thread! Keep 'em coming, people!)

this mark on my chest,
I hid it once - no longer;
it is not a flaw.

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My father is quite
hairy, and so am I, but
not nearly as bad [Big Grin]

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"And you're really asking me if I prefer injury to embarrassment? That's not even a choice. I don't know anybody who's literally died of embarrassment."

People are annoying sometimes.

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The light on my legs,
golden hairs on peachy skin;
tell me that's ugly.

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I wake up, I stretch:
every joint cracks, pops, crackles.
I'm pushing 40.

(Yep, that was my morning laugh at myself today. Just call my body Ms. Bojangles.)

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James, your haiku cracks me up. [Big Grin]

photograph appears
a transformation complete.
my smile looks real now

and my glass green eyes
beneath stylish, dark brown hair.
My own sun burns bright.

Had a great body image moment today, having my picture taken for the paper. It looked good for once - may be the second ever picture of me I'm pleased with.

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So young, yet every
joint in my body sounds quite
like a cement truck.

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"And you're really asking me if I prefer injury to embarrassment? That's not even a choice. I don't know anybody who's literally died of embarrassment."

People are annoying sometimes.

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Swollen mouth bleeds red
Lack of wisdom teeth gaping
But I survived it!

[ 02-08-2007, 11:42 AM: Message edited by: Heather ]

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Healthier eating:
Once a chore, has now become
A habit for life

With exercise plan,
Although I've just started, makes
me feel fantastic!

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Look to the western sky
As someone told me lately
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Sunlight hits my hair
Brown, red and gold; highlights shine.
Makes me come alive.

Stormy blue-green eyes,
Gateways to my soul... windows
to see me for me.

Edit: Ooh, I just thought of another one! lol

Freckles on my face,
I look mischievous perhaps?
I'd like to think so. [Big Grin]

[ 02-08-2007, 12:07 PM: Message edited by: blysse_norwood ]

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Anger in my eyes
Casting burning shadows there
Is this really me?

New lines etching fast
I am too young for these things
Scribbles on my youth

"Oh well!" I laugh out
Let life sear its cruel marks
They define me well.

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skin hangs loose, with marks
from my belly, he emerged
tiny baby feet

when I sing to him
I know what it must be like
to be a rockstar

I can feel him breathe
with each "extra" ounce of me
as we fall asleep

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My hair is black as night.
I can't do anything with
it, but why would I?

I have 'no legs'. All
my height is in my torso,
and yet I'm six-one.

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"And you're really asking me if I prefer injury to embarrassment? That's not even a choice. I don't know anybody who's literally died of embarrassment."

People are annoying sometimes.

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With friends I am free
I laugh, smile to be carefree
This is the real me!

[ 06-21-2007, 09:23 PM: Message edited by: soccerjen2927 ]

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couldn't resist...thought of another one

I wish I could be
myself, happy, carefree so
he sees the real me

[ 06-21-2007, 09:24 PM: Message edited by: soccerjen2927 ]

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I am not a large
A very large person
My smallness suits me

I am not strong
A muscle-bound person
My keyboard's strength

My eyes are sharper
Far too sharp in daylight
At night - cat's are same

So I have my flaws
Broken glass is more pretty
Than a mirror's sheen

My hands, my eyes, legs
Do their jobs, if not very well
Still, I love my flaws.

[ 01-28-2008, 07:40 PM: Message edited by: AnansiGirl ]

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I'm acting like a fool again, woah-oh~
Threw away my reputation,
For one more song on the RADIO STATION~"

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