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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Poetry  |  House: Booksie Classic

Featured Review on this writing by KatV

For all the girls (and boys) in this small world,

Listen to me. 

No really. 

Come closer. 

Open your ears and listen. 

I am me. 

I am strong. 

I am woman. 

I am beautiful.

All of me. Inside and out. 

My curves. 

My words.

My brains. 

My heart. 

My size fourteen bod. 

My cellulite thighs. 

My postpartum stretch-marked belly.  

I love seeing myself in the mirror. 

Dancing in my own skin. 

Making a fool of myself.

Kissing with the light on. 

Twirling in plain sight.

Laughing for all to see.

Bring on that chunky monkey ice cream.

Those cheeseburgers. 

Avacado black bean salad.

Pizza with extra sauce please! 

Food nourishes me not defines me. 

My weight is just my weight.

Size two or thirty-two. 

Who cares! 

It’s a number. 

Big or small. 

Tall or short. 

Skinny or fluffy. 

Black or white. 

Brown or peach. 

Let me do me. 

You do you.

Listen to me! 

No really. 

Come closer. 

Open your ears and listen. 

We are enough. 

We are perfect the way we are. 

Each and every one of us. 

We are beautiful.


Submitted: April 29, 2018

© Copyright 2021 Joy Shaw. All rights reserved.

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Sue Harris

A wonderful poem with a strong message. I actually envy your conviction, the glorious place you have reached, that inner strength and love in every heart-beat of your life. This is aspirational, the ultimate achievement.Simply beautiful!

Sun, April 29th, 2018 8:25pm


Thank you, Sue. My secret? Be you. Every one of us has beauty. Outward and inward. Some hide it. Some flaunt it. Some use it. I choose to accept my own unique beauty as way to help others and to grow through my experiences. Really, it’s a mind set. And I say this lightly as I know how difficult a battle self-image is. For girls and boys alike. But especially for girls, the societal pressure alone pushes girls into positions they wouldn’t bend to if image were based upon perhaps individual achievement.
Just like net worth does not equal self worth. “Beauty” is also subjective same as the saying goes — “beauty is in the eye of the beholder.”
For the record Sue, I think you are a beautiful soul with much wisdom to offer.

Sun, April 29th, 2018 1:53pm

Sue Harris

Thank you for your insightful reply, and for your lovely comment, Sending hugs xxx

Sun, April 29th, 2018 9:04pm


Hugs right back.

Sun, April 29th, 2018 2:11pm


This is quite excellent, Joy. I'd give anything to finally feel comfortable in my own skin.

Mon, April 30th, 2018 3:16pm


You’re beautiful. Jaylisbeth. Own that beauty, girl!!!

Mon, April 30th, 2018 8:18am

Luna Abbot

:D !
How sweet!

I'm happy that you mentioned it also being okay to be on the thinner side.
I had an art teacher on the thicker side who kept calling skinny girls "mangy," like dogs, and it would make me really sad and angry because I was cutting back on meals to afford school supplies at the time. There was no way she wasn't also taking about me; in fact I wonder if those comments were aimed my way because she hated me. Nowadays I think back and pity her for it.

Tangent, sorry!
have a nice day!

Sun, July 29th, 2018 6:29pm


Thank you, Luna. ( love your name btw.) I appreciate you sharing your rough experience.
Body shaming can go both ways. We don’t have to hold ourselves to this standard for the ‘prefect’ body. Despite what the public eye says. Every body is a good body!

Sun, July 29th, 2018 12:55pm


Thank you for this, & for the boost! Women really need to hear this message, & I too am doing my best to proclaim it in my works! (See “Dominate You...!”, amongst others) This is a necessary and vital message for women!
Once again, I thank you!

Mon, July 30th, 2018 6:09pm


No, thank you for your review, Spy-guy! I agree with it one-hundred and fifty percent.
Women and young girls especially need to hearthat uniqueness is something to be celebrated and beauty is not just about size.

Mon, July 30th, 2018 11:49am

Jeff Bezaire

Beautiful! I love the confidence in your words. This is a good teaching poem - there's a fire to the words that isn't angry or hostile; it's all positive and it's all about self-confidence.
It is sad when the gym moms try and shame other moms by saying 'there's no excuse to keep the baby weight'. Everyone has different standards, different opinions of beauty and health, and everyone has a different body that works in its own way. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. There's no set standard for beauty, just like there's no set standard for perfection because neither can be defined in one way; it's all about what each of us sees.
An uplifting, positive piece! Truly wonderful!

Mon, July 30th, 2018 7:20pm


Thank you. Appreciate your review. And yes, it’s such a shame when others belittle based on appearance. My motto is, “If you don’t like what you see, don’t frikin’ look!”

Mon, July 30th, 2018 12:32pm


beautiful! :)

Tue, July 31st, 2018 3:43am


Thank you!!!

Mon, July 30th, 2018 8:57pm

Kisha Diaz

I love this, beautiful and Well written!

Thu, August 30th, 2018 4:56pm


Thank you, Kisha!! Appreciate you reading and then commenting!

Thu, August 30th, 2018 11:21am


Three cheers for the women of our world! The patriarchy is over and we need to show our world what kind of a difference the wisdom and truth of the feminine can make. After all, each one of us is a manifestation of the nurturing and caring aspect of the Universe, the Great Mother of all life, the Goddess.

With love - Aquarius

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Wed, September 26th, 2018 12:59pm


Cheers right back. Let’s celebrate our liberation with kindness and love toward one another! Thank you for reading and taking the time to comment.

Wed, September 26th, 2018 6:45am


What a strong poem and word. This poem made me cry actually. I've struggled with anorexia and poor body image for a long long time now. And have the confidence of this poem even a little of it would be huge. Fantastic job!

Fri, October 12th, 2018 10:45pm


Thank you, I encourage you to feel proud of your body! Every girl deserves to feel beautiful. And you are beautiful! So embrace it girl!

Fri, October 12th, 2018 3:47pm


This is so uplifting! Us women must stay strong and stand together. Congrats on making it to the finals.

Sun, November 18th, 2018 9:48pm


Thank you. We ARE stronger together. All of us. #she/her #me too.

Sun, November 18th, 2018 2:00pm

Matthew D. Hay (Tangible Word)

Here's the only negative review you'll get, so brace yourself. It's not personal, nor does it arise from bitterness, but I have some thoughts to share. The breeziness with which you write certainly calls up a smile, but none of this strikes me as particularly insightful or interesting. You say that 'all is beautiful,' but this sentiment is shallow and breathless - I could get this and more from an Instagram post. I will give you this: what this poem lacks in substance, it certainly makes up for in adjectives.

There's a level of artificiality and whimsical consumerism to this that upsets my stomach almost as much as the diet you described above.

Bring on the chunky monkey ice cream? I think I'll need a bucket - preferably an empty one.

Sun, November 18th, 2018 10:48pm


Thanks for the comment and thanks for reading.

Sun, November 18th, 2018 3:01pm

r futrell

Yes!!! We have to be comfortable with ourselves, and everyone else should be too. Congrats on the finals.

Sun, November 18th, 2018 11:35pm


This is a very personal poem. For many years I struggled with body image. Until one day I decided I didn’t care what others thought anymore. I told myself I was beautiful despite my stretch marks. Despite that birthing a child meant I might never regain the body I once had, I chose to look past my physical flaws and to see myself as a gorgeous, intelligent woman who grew a baby. I know how difficult postpartum body image can be. It can wreck a woman, make her feel completely inadequate. Out of my self-declaration of beauty, I wrote this poem. Thanks for reading.

Sun, November 18th, 2018 4:35pm

Grace 96-M

Beautiful words

Mon, November 19th, 2018 5:37am


Thank you, Grace.

Mon, November 19th, 2018 4:05am

Raven Akuma

Wow, I see why this poem made it so far in the contest. It's so inspiring! I mean, I wish I read this like five years ago, I could've used this message myself. Either way, it's so true; you don't have to weigh 75 pounds to be beautiful, right? Really great work, here, I hope this poem gets 1st place! :)

Wed, November 21st, 2018 7:47pm


Thank you, Raven! I appreciate you reading and then takinthe time to comment.

Wed, November 21st, 2018 12:02pm

Keke Serene

Let me be me! Very inspiring and very true. I also appreciate the lines: listen to me. Too often we don't listen to each other, hear each other's opinions or thoughts and respect them. A beautiful poem with a beautiful message! I hope it places!

Fri, November 23rd, 2018 3:15am


Thanks for reading, and commenting, Stars.

Thu, November 22nd, 2018 7:58pm

Kevin Broughton

Congratulation on making it to the finals :-)

Fri, November 23rd, 2018 11:44pm


Thank you!

Fri, November 23rd, 2018 5:05pm

The Ugly Barnacle

Hey, saw your poem and decided to check it out. Well, truth be told, I've actually read a couple of yours by now, and I want to say...

You're a really talented poet, friend, I like what you're doing here. Really inspirational, with good morals, and they're all so well-constructed and just...uh, flowing, I think is the right word. Very poetic poems, lol :)

Mon, March 4th, 2019 3:32am


Thank you for reading and for this raving review. So appreciate your readership.
— Joy

Sun, March 3rd, 2019 8:32pm

Derina Peng

I consider that having a chance to read your poems is a God's blessing. You are a woman who know how to be a woman and are not stingy in teaching others to be one. I don't know why someone would give you something negative. Well, I wish him well too. It is nice to have you here and share your heart. Love you.

Wed, April 3rd, 2019 9:36pm


Awww, blessings to you. Love your comments.

Wed, April 3rd, 2019 2:50pm


Every girl all over the world should read your poem. Every girl who has a barbie doll, who reads magazines like Vogue, who feels less than, who strives to be somebody else, who struggles with her mirror image. You hit the nail on the head. Nicely done!

Sun, October 18th, 2020 8:33pm


Thank you! Appreciate your comment.

Sat, October 24th, 2020 1:08pm

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