Right now I am taking an online poetry class which is actually fairly challenging for me because the last time I took an English class was in high school... yikes! However, it has served me well so far, especially in my writing and my poetry.
I wrote this poem last month for an open mic night in which I performed it; the message and inspiration behind this specific poem has many influences, actually. For one, I am studying different bodies in more than one of my classes and how different bodies are treated differently. Another influence is actually myself. I have always been a larger person but never understood why people had a problem with it.
This poem is kind of an inner dialogue with reassuring myself that I am worthy of my space but I also wanted to make sure that others know they have a lot to be proud of with their bodies and the space they occupy. I hope this poem is reassuring and motivational more than anything. Enjoy!
Not take up your Space.
On the scale does
not define who I am.
It does not define my worth -
It does not define my value as a person.
I take up remote
You take up cavities space, we all take up mediocre space.
I take up lots of flowery space.
My body - takes up physical space
Not need to lose weight to be happy
My voice - takes up virtual space
Not need to whisper to be heard
My opinion - takes up figurative space
Not need to be submissive to be satisfied
My laughter - takes up even more three-dimensional space
Not need to be dull to be content
I take up fabricated space
I am proud that I take up unlimited space.
I take up more intergalactic space than I used to -
But Look At What I Can Do!
The space that I take up does not take away from your space,
We can all take up acres of space, it is infinite
My body helps me spill all my negative emotions
My body carries me through my days after everything I have been through
It is unbelievable
We are for ourselves.
We need the ornate space we take up -
And the space needs us in order to be space.
September 10, 2018
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