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B.distinctive: Lily’s Myers’ Poem

Lily’s Myers’ poem, “Shrinking Women” has us feeling inspired. As women, we have so many layers and we are constantly overcoming obstacles within our relationships and ourselves whether it is with a significant other, friends or family.

Excerpt from Shrinking women:

“She says she doesn’t deprive herself,
but I’ve learned to find nuance in every movement of her fork.
In every crinkle in her brow as she offers me the uneaten pieces on her plate.
I’ve realized she only eats dinner when I suggest it.
I wonder what she does when I’m not there to do so.

Maybe this is why my house feels bigger each time I return; it’s proportional.
As she shrinks the space around her seems increasingly vast.
She wanes while my father waxes. His stomach has grown round with wine, late nights, oysters, poetry. A new girlfriend who was overweight as a teenager, but my dad reports that now she’s “crazy about fruit.”

Read the full poem and view the video here

Here are three quotes that sum up, in my opinion, overcoming shrinking.

Self-confidence, self-respect and independence are three things we should not live without.

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