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For anyone who- like me- has ever been tempted by the sin of vanity


I had never thought to be self-conscious about my thighs

Until I my friend said they weren’t supposed to touch

“They’re like tree trunks!”


I counted every calorie-

Measured every step -

And stood on the scale six times a day.


I was young when I met her

Her smile was radiant

Her skin glowed

And her movements were fluid


As the years passed,

I watched the flesh melt from her bones.

She no longer smiled

She moved as if all her bones were out of joint


“Would you like some dessert?”


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