BODY SHAMING

 

she never learnt to love herself

 

she never learnt of individuality

she kept making effort

to sink her tummy in

making effort

to make the big girl thin

 

she never learnt to love herself

 

she started taking pills

she started loving them

she never asked how many

she popped as she felt

and as she drank she belched

more and more, her system lay tired

more and more,

they kept saying.

more and more,

the voices in her head screamed.

she popped more

she ate less

she drank more

she weighed less

more and more

she saw all the voices in her head

she saw them come outside

outside to play with their little toy

come, lets play a little game

eat less

pop more

weigh less

drink more

more and more

until

one day

she got up

feeling nothing

looked down

and saw

a bone-skinny girl

with a bottle of pills and a bottle of booze

lying on the floor

but not in a snooze

 

she never learnt to love yourself.

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Chukwuamaka Chukwudifu

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