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A Poem About An Eating Disorder

Updated on November 10, 2011
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Danielle is the co-founder of Find Solace Within, a body-positive website, and co-owner of Body Solace Studio, a yoga studio in NS, Canada.

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"Why?" is a poem I wrote after dealing with, and conquering, an eating disorder that took a year of my life away from me. It was inspired by the pride I felt for taking control of my life back, and from all the emotions I remember from that horrific year. Girls, boys, women, and men, need the chance to live their lives avoiding the distorted self-imagery that currently surrounds us.

He read my weight in kilograms, and you began to cry

As I watched the sad tears well and spill, I pathetically asked myself why?

Why do I continue to harm my health when I see it causes such pain?

What benefit would I achieve? What could I possibly gain?

I write this poem in a healthy weight, one year and four months past

I knew I could never stay that thin, I knew it would never last

The pain and hurt I saw that night in the hospital testing space

I never again want to see the looks I saw in my parent's face

I remember my mother crying in the corner, on the chair

While my father wrapped his arms around me and continuously kissed my hair

I am sorry for all the suffering and the tears I made you cry

Still to this day, and for the rest of my life, I will always wonder why


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      Danielle Crowe 6 years ago from Nova Scotia, Canada

      Thank you! I truly appreciate your feedback and compliments!

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      Field-Of-Flowers 6 years ago from Midwest, USA

      A wonderful poem indeed! Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us. May those who suffer from an eating disorder find the help they so desperately need to be free from it. I too had an eating disorder years back so I feel your pain as well. I voted this up, awesome and beautiful. Thanks again...big hugs to you and giving you a standing ovation!

      Have a great day and God bless you!! :-)

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      Danielle Crowe 6 years ago from Nova Scotia, Canada

      Such kind words - thank you so much!

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      Frank Atanacio 6 years ago from Shelton

      What a way to stand your ground.. and even the cartoon picture displays true meaning.. this should be a must read for many young women.. my friend I applaud you