by Julia Gari Weiss
I use the mirror’s edge to chop blurry images of photo shopped pages,
slice numbers out of collars
to ward off rashes
caused by tag toxicity.
I am more than a label. More than
a beach body. I am more than plus sized, straight sized, or thin. I am more than
losing 10 pounds to love the body I am in.
I am a woman. Several sizes dress my closet to display the array of lives I’ve lived,
to encompass all that this body has held.
Oh, how I’ve grown
into power that spreads from my fingertips to the kick drum roar inside my ribs.
“You are beautiful” isn’t sold
I no longer buy
into flat abs, toned legs, I flex
my sizeable brain like a muscle, fuel it –
I was not born to diet,
to purchase fat-free, gluten-free, or diuretics. Sell me beauty agenda-free.
Invest in risk-free, cost-free
not sold at Target or Duane Reade
not on newsstands or the cover of
(insert standardized beauty magazine)
until vision becomes reality
say it loudly, “I love”
and this ends with “me.”
Julia Gari Weiss is the author of the poetry collection “Being Human,” published by Thought Catalog Books. She received her MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and is the recipient of the Academy of American Poet’s John B. Santoianni Award for Excellence in Poetry. Julia has been published in The Huffington Post, The Australian Women’s Weekly, Thought Catalog, Old Red Kimono, 3Elements Review, Image Curve, and The Santa Monica Star. She is proudly from Santa Monica, California, and currently resides in Brooklyn, New York. You can follow her on Instagram at @JuliaGari and visit her website at www.JuliaGari.com.