With hungry eyes and a sense of entitlement

you inspected our bodies as we exited the pool.


As if we were pieces of fruit you could toss to the

side in favor one you deemed to be free of blemishes…


(heaven forbid there be cellulite!)


and when you expressed with glee to me that I

had made your imaginary aesthetic cut


that compared to girls ten years plus my junior

who hadn’t born children… there were no

discernable differences that your pea brain could



though my ravaged self esteem eagerly

lapped up that ration of slop

you so benevolently bestowed upon me…


I knew in that moment that you could

never be worthy of everything   had to offer.

© 2013, Dani Heart. All rights reserved.

Dani Heart (46 Posts)


  1. Cher Duncombe

    Powerful, Dani. Woman emerging! Cheers to you for what you endured and let’s clink the glasses once more for more than surviving but living happily. Hugs to you~

    • Dani Heart (Author)

      Cher, this is from a memory from 20 years ago, but I had read some things lately that got me to thinking about it. Isn’t it funny how that happens. :) good to have you back…. I have missed you so much. Hugs

  2. Dean Walker

    Holy Cow, Dani. That poem is visual, powerful, and speaks with authority. Well done!

    • Dani Heart (Author)

      Wow Dean, thank you. That means a lot. I write best in retrospect… this memory was from so long ago. :) Hugs

  3. Larry Conley


    You tell a tale of struggles that many never concede exists. You are a heroine and I hope you savor every moment of hard won happiness that you now experience.

    Thanks for sharing this powerful poem.

    • Dani Heart (Author)

      Thank you Larry. I just figured out what mattered way back when… so glad I figured it out and didn’t let the drive to be aesthetically perfect take over like sadly so many do. sighs..

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