Size Matters

Today's topic for the weeklong writing festival at Write Tribe is to write about inequality for Blog Action Day.






We think we’re equal and all the same
But how you look is part of the game,
If you’re slim, no one bothers you
If you’re overweight, that isn’t true

You get charged more for an airplane seat
You get judged for everything you eat,
People make a face and look away
How dare you come and wreck our day!

How dare you come and invade our space!
You don’t deserve to be in this place,
Overweight people are stupid and lazy
Go away, you’re driving us crazy,

Worse than the shunning are the comments and jeers
Taunted and teased for years and years,
They retreat and hide to protect from hurt
They're so used to being treated like dirt,

Overweight people are not treated the same
Shunned and despised, they live in shame,
If you’d listen, they have stories to tell
They know that inequality is alive and well.


I am writing this inequality poem on the sixth day of the week-long Write Tribe Blogging Festival.
Based on Darren Rowes, Seven Days to Rediscovering Your Blogging Groove. 


Comments

  1. Never judge the book by the cover... Right... So many sad stories due to peoples stupid remarks... That was one good poem Cathy ... and wow, some cat ...:)

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    1. Thanks, Eli. We'd like to think that overweight people are treated equally, but they're really not.

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  2. So true..sometimes we forget being humans...So glad you wrote about this..

    Random Thoughts Naba..Join Us & Say No To Inequality...

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    1. Thanks, Naba. It's too bad that people judge on looks and forget we're all the same deep down even though we're all different sizes and weights.

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  3. Excellent Cathy. You nailed it -- so sad

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    1. Thanks, Carol. It's too bad that people are judged on looks but it does happen.

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  4. Well said, Cathy. We all can be judgmental at times, simply on the basis of how a person looks. Sad really.

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    1. Yes, it is sad that looks are emphasized as more important in this world.

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  5. Amazing poem, Cat! And I simply loved it as you raised your voice against being inhuman! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thanks, TOT. Appreciate your support about my poem and the issue I raised about inequality based on weight.

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  6. It's sad that people can be so narrow minded and hurtful. I am glad that these days a lot of importance is given to all body types. Stories of strong women, proud of their bodies are in media.

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    1. Yes, I admire those strong women like Oprah, Queen Latifah and Adele who are larger than the required slim ideal and yet they celebrate it. What great role models for young girls! We don't all have to be toothpicks!

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  7. Loved your poem. And all us overweight people I am sure have at some point been through the descriptions in your poem. And then one day you reach a point where it just doesn't matter anymore.

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    1. I've always struggled with extra weight and the feeling I wasn't quite good enough not being slim. I feel for very large people who society scorns as if they brought it on themselves by eating too much or being lazy. So mean and cruel.

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  8. You have so well described the pains of an over-weight soul. Personally I hate those who comment on over weights and make them feel bad. But on serious note if I am close to somebody, I motivate them to lose for a healthier life, else I am indifferent!!!

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