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Clover Poetry Series: One Reader, Two Poems, a Million Feelings

Clover Poetry Series: One Reader, Two Poems, a Million Feelings

The first was inspired by past relationships. I feel like young women are often expected and encouraged to put their all into relationships at a time when we should be learning and discovering who we are, what we want from life and how to be alone. This has always been difficult for me, especially as I try to navigate mental health issues. That expectation of attention and devotion can be really damaging to any young girl, not just those on the road to recovery. In ‘Fat’ I tried to touch upon the unrealistic beauty standards many girls have to live up to while grappling with my own struggles with body positivity. I wanted to make it clear that beauty is a construct, is objective, and that it exists everywhere.

"Untitled" 
I have gone too far again
I knew it then.
When you began to unravel
The happiness I had worked so hard for
Like a spool of thread
You came across in boredom and
Discarded once you had undone
Everything your rough fingers could touch.
 
That is the way of men.
Without a thought
To remember that I am a whole
A human being, not a part
Packaged for your pleasure.
Is too hard, for you
Yet the ruination of
A whole life’s work
Comes to you
Like a gift
Granted by a god who shows you
How to see me as indispensable
As the bone he made me out of. 
 
"Fat"
Where did this idea of fatness come from?
That a woman
Could take up too much space?
That a girl
Could be too big?
That women should shrink,
Not grow?
Flowers bloom outwards too,
Do they not?

By Kitty Wenham, 19

 

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