Fat people with visible scars of disfigurements
Fat people who survived abuse/violence & have mental/internal scars
Fat women/femmes who don’t wear, or can’t access make up
Fat women/femmes who are bald or balding
Fat women/femmes who aren’t hourglass or pear shaped
Fat people who are older
Fat people who can’t afford or can’t access the latest fashions
Fat people who are super-fat/super-sized
Fat people who are genderqueer or nonbinary
Fat people of colour who live outside of North America
Fat people who are disabled
Fat people with multiple oppressions
Fat liberation is for you too. You will probably never see yourself reflected in anything, mainstream or alternative. You will probably feel let down by body positivity and fat positivity. But you count. You matter.
Tattoo reads, “When words become inadequate, I shall be content with silence”.
There are words waiting: a poem
My fingers, pink side up
Hold stories made of gestures,
Signs and twirls.
Of each fingerprint start a chapter, a Sign Language tale.
Violence made me mute when I was younger;
It still returns as an adult – the silence
To a fractured part inside my soul.
Another name, another author
Of my life takes hold.
And when I stare at my palms, the lines,
So fractured, divides
Into several paths, many lives
I have carried:
A library of personalities tallied.
My fingers move, my body remembers
Trees towering above me
And a book burning
As another part of me rises from the embers.
A little blackout poetry on being a recovering alcoholic, knowing how damaging booze is to me, but still wanting to drink.