content — body image, vague mentions of s*x. heavy.
"i once touched a tree with charred limbs
the stump was still breathing
but the tops were just ashy remains
i wonder what it's like to come back from that
because sometimes i feel forest fires erupting from my wrists
and the smoke signals sent out are the most beautiful things i've ever seen
love your body the way your mother loved your baby feet
and brother arm wrapping shoulders
this is important
you are worth more than who you fuck
you are worth more than a waistline
you are worth more than beer bottles displayed like drunken artifacts
you are worth more than any naked body could proclaim in the shadows
more than a man's whim
or your father's mistake
you are no less valuable as a size 16, than a size 4
you are no less valuable as a 32a than a 36c
your beauty* is defined by concentric circles within your wood
it is wisdom
are a goddamn tree stump
with leaves sprouting out
— mary lambert, "body love part 2", 2013, excerpt
emphasis / bold / italics, mine.
* this line originally said "sexiness". i'm sorry, mary lambert, i changed it just for this quote.
because: if you don't resonate with the concept of "sexiness", might i suggest replacing it with "beauty", or value, or... whatever you want, tbh?