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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
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

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 sexiness is defined by concentric circles within your wood
It is wisdom
You are a goddamn tree stump with leaves sprouting out

Mary Lambert

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Let's Turn It Around


Here’s the scene: You’re standing in line at the check-out counter of your local grocery store. What do you see? Candy. Gum. Magazines.

What’s on the cover of many of those magazines? A half-naked, heavily airbrushed, extraordinarily thin female model or celebrity. These images encourage people…

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