Self Improvement Poetry posted September 15, 2020

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A young man comes to realise his own value.

Worth The Weight

by LisaMay

I hated my fat self.
In my distraction reaction 
to avoid the void of my youth,
I flew from the truth.
My body of evidence 
confronted at every turn.
You are fat, fat, fat,
their taunts burned.
I bore witness against myself 
and turned away.
Head down, hunched, I studied 
the art of camouflage.
To prove I disapproved, 
I lost my logic and my self.
In another place, it was my time
 to find a turning point,
with knowing in the growing 
of a new perspective.
As self-acceptance broadened,
self-doubt diminished.
What remains
after losses and gains
is worth the wait.
I have found how to be free –
moved on from self-hate.
I now am wise.
I'll fly in the face of fragility.
Your eyes tell lies –
I can look and see the real me.


poem of hope writing prompt entry
Writing Prompt
Write any type of poem to stir hope.

Author's Note:
This is told from the point of view of an overweight young man I know who suffered mental health issues because of being bullied about his size. It took him a long time to realise his self-worth and understand that other people's perceptions did not need to define him.

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