I’m back with yet another “Poem of the Week,” this time with a composition dedicated to challenging perceptions—particularly those concerning women, body image, and the ridiculous ideal (at least in my opinion) of “skinny equals beautiful” that mainstream American society has long subscribed to. Needless to say, if you’re looking for something more esoteric with a code to crack or a hidden agenda to unravel, I’m afraid you’re looking in the wrong place, as this piece is more or less a straightforward celebration of feminine beauty as I see it. Hopefully, there will be plenty a reader who will come across this poem and agree with what I say here, and if any of you fit that bill, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment. Without further ado, then, enjoy.
Big Is Beautiful, Too
May 13, 2012
Women come a dime a dozen, especially in magazines,
Which preach nonstop that only skinny bodies are pristine—
That only skinny women are worth aspiring to be,
And it makes me sick to no end to know how blind they are to see
That body shape doesn’t matter when it comes to a person’s soul
And that the bias they’ve ascribed to is more damaging than they know,
For there are many beautiful women out there in the world
Whose bodies have more character than that of the “average” girl,
And yet, they can snag a man with no problem in the least,
Despite looking like what the ill-informed would label “she-beasts.”
After all, just like a book should have far more than just a cover,
It takes much more than looks alone for a woman to win a lover.
For example, does she carry herself with grace and dignity,
Or does she have the habit of embarrassing herself shamelessly?
Does she treat other people with respect, or is she a petty shrew
Who’s quick to berate them left and right for whatever they may say or do?
Is she genuine with her kindness, or is it a tragic fact
That if it benefits her, she’ll quickly stab her friends in the back?
Such is what makes a woman: substance as well as style
With the former lasting a lifetime and the latter but a short while.
Even so, who’s to say that beauty’s only for the slim?
Here’s an experiment I propose, if only you magazines have the whim:
Find some full-figured models to pose for your pages
And see if that doesn’t make a statement that’ll last for ages.
Many is the broad-hipped gal who’d nicely fill out an evening gown
And make men and fellow women alike turn their heads once she hits the town.
As for the athletic types, feel free to let them show off their nice, tight tummies,
As sports bra-and-shorts ensembles can make any woman look yummy.
Hell, even in my old age, I wouldn’t mind laying eyes on
A curvaceous siren wearing naught but a bikini top and a sarong.
Such are the outfits that the thin girls wear that make men wag their tongues,
But honestly, why should only the thin girls of the world have all the fun?
It’s time to change perceptions, as superficiality is so passé.
Full-figured women are beautiful, too, and it’s time that they had their day.
Also, before I sign off, I’d like to hear your thoughts about feminine beauty. Do you think the whole “Skinny = Beautiful” equation is wrong or overrated? Do you think looks alone determine a woman’s beauty? Do you think any industry that concerns itself with physical attractiveness (e.g., the fashion industry) could benefit from displaying the occasional full-figured model every once in a while? How would you react to a man–or a woman, for that matter–who judges other people’s worth based on how said other people look? How would you apply the message of the poem above to body image as it relates to men? All these are just sample questions that I’m interested in reading your answers to. Better yet, if there’s anyone out there who can compose a poem that discusses this very topic and can rival or even top my own, I’d love to read that as well.
Otherwise, that’ll do for today. Hopefully, the next time I post an entry on this blog, I’ll be able to discuss the latest goings-on with my work, whether it’d be about one of my current publications becoming available elsewhere on the ‘Net or about me finishing up one of my other projects. Until then, though, thank you for reading, and feel free as always to check out my work at Smashwords.com, Kobobooks.com, WHSmith.co.uk, and BarnesandNoble.com. Talk to you all later!
Dustin M. Weber