BodyLicious List Poem Self Love

Body-licious

I am curvaceous, voluptuous,
Flabby tummy-ed, thunder-thighed,
Bear-y hairy, jugs droopy melon-y,

I am a life-giver,
An on-demand, immuno-rich, auto-formula-adjusting food source
carrier, carer, lover,

I laugh out loud at the slightest provocation,
and snigger like Muttley* at every secret,
and dance and twirl at the drop of a hat,

my skin is infused with earthy tones, a
delectable dark chocolate hue,
full lips, long fingers, small feet

I am a curvaceous life creator,
Voluptuous milk provider,
Miraculous, magic itself

my sway, my grace, my jhatka
will have you floored.
Flaunting is for my own.

©Namratha Varadharajan

*Muttley is a fictional character known best for his mischievous, wheezing laughter.

Poetry type:

A derivation of a LIST poem. A list poem is exactly what the name conveys. It is a list of things, activities, events arranged in an order which reflects the mood of the author. Here, I started out with a list of how I would describe my body and paired all the similar descriptions together for better effect.

INSPIRATION/CAUSE for the day: Go love yourself!/Stop Body Shaming


The term ‘body shaming’ has gathered momentum over the past few years and many celebrities have been talking out against it. Last year, after an incredibly invigorating Super Bowl performance by Lady Gaga, some social media trolls could not stop themselves from criticising her body!(Eh, What?!!). I loved her response to that “Go love yourself!” “I’m proud of my body and you should be proud of yours too”. This was my inspiration for today’s poem.
We aren’t celebrities, but we aren’t protected from the often sugar-coated, supposedly well-meaning remarks about our body by every person that we happen to meet. The only way to combat this is by us being proud of ourselves and our bodies. Let us not be a reaction to anyone else’s words.

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For each letter this April, I shall be presenting a poem inspired by ‘something’ that is making our world a little bit kinder, a little bit greener. The ‘something’ is a mix of people, movements, thoughts, or organizations who are having a positive influence on the world around us. Read all the posts in ‘Poetry For A Cause’ series by linking the button below.

“CHANGE BEGINS WITH AWARENESS”

If you leave a link your recent A-Z post in the comments, I will be sure to visit. So, please do.

Body-licious: List Poem Inspired By “Go love yourself!” – #AtoZChallenge #BlogchatterA2Z #NaPoWriMo

42 thoughts on “Body-licious: List Poem Inspired By “Go love yourself!” – #AtoZChallenge #BlogchatterA2Z #NaPoWriMo

  • April 3, 2018 at 4:35 am
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    A lovely poem on a subject near and dear, even to us women who haven’t had children. I always hated shopping even when I was “skinny” because I never felt like I was good enough, but now that I’m older (and curvier), I finally enjoy shopping and finding fab clothes that fit my figure because I accept me for me!
    Jamie Lyn Weigt | Theme: Odds and Ends Dragons | Writing Dragons

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  • April 3, 2018 at 4:04 am
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    Great list poem and wonderful topic for B. Body Shaming is ridiculous and I enjoyed how you approached the importance of learning to love our own bodies with your poem.
    WeekendsInMaine

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  • April 3, 2018 at 1:56 am
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    This is fabulous Namy, great list poem that has resonance with so many of us. Love the flow of your words.
    Pamela @ Days of Fun

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  • April 2, 2018 at 10:15 pm
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    What a wonderful poem that you have written to stop body shaming. probably as parents sometimes we unknowingly fill these things in our kid’s heads – EAT else you ll be skinny or NO JUNK FOOD else you ll be fat. Do you mind writing a poem for our parenting site, where you talk about this subject from a child’s perspective? Would love to publish. connect with priyanka@wowparenting.com

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    • April 3, 2018 at 1:32 am
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      Thank you for the appreciation. Will email you.

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  • April 2, 2018 at 8:27 pm
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    We all go through these stages in life. Even though we might change our mind and turn a little tough to other’s perspective there is someone or other who leaves a sour comment reg our bodies . Of late it has become a social greeting norm now be it close relatives or friends or acquaintances.

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  • April 2, 2018 at 3:36 pm
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    Apt words, Namratha! We all deal with body consciousness everyday. Am I too thin/fat/dark…the list is endless. And, I believe, it is the beauty products to be blamed for creating this image of how a perfect woman should be! Who IS perfect here? And, how does someone decide what is perfect and what isn’t!

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  • April 2, 2018 at 3:14 pm
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    As an overweight child, I grew up getting accustomed to body shaming until one fine day I decided to take the world head on. Sarcasm was my shield for a long time and eventually I learnt to give a damn to those who shamed my body because they couldn’t find anything better to do. Your post resonated with me Namratha. I actually requested Varad to share the link so that I could read you. Coming back to be inspired by another poem. More power to you and your words.

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  • April 2, 2018 at 12:43 pm
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    Body shaming is an issue we as a society face almost on a daily basis, be it from strangers or from close relatives and family. Commenting on body type pre or post marriage happens everywhere and your poem shines very well highlighting this issue.

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  • April 2, 2018 at 12:43 pm
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    This poem should go viral. This is the best thing I ever read on body shaming. Could relate to it 100%

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  • April 2, 2018 at 9:27 am
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    I am living this words.. Amazingly written.. Sharp choice of words. B is for beautiful. Do have your say on my atoz challenge. Have a nice day:)

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  • April 2, 2018 at 9:19 am
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    Your poem is a fitting reply to the body shamers. Almost every Mommy has to go through this but tell you what once she decides that she will tolerate it no longer and thats when she believes that she is beautiful , she can stop those tormenting her

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  • April 2, 2018 at 9:08 am
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    You sound so gorgeous Namy; what an amazing way to describe your body and self – loved it. I too had done Body Shaming articles on my blog last year in an effort to create awareness of this sick mentality that ruins lives and self esteem.
    BellJar by Sylvia Plath #atozchallenge

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  • April 2, 2018 at 9:03 am
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    Looks like i am body licious too. I had never heard of list poems. Im learning something new with your posts.

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  • April 2, 2018 at 8:01 am
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    Hey, lovely poem Namratha. Some of us know how to give it back to body shamers….but there are countless others who silently bear with the abuse. Many a time, it’s our own near and dear ones who resort to body shaming.

    Loved the way you described the poetry style. It was very generous of you to spend time to educate your readers.

    Cheers,
    CRD

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    • April 2, 2018 at 8:27 am
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      True CRD. Thank you so much. I dont really know how to give it back most of the time but I know how to not get affected by it.

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  • April 2, 2018 at 2:34 am
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    Hey Namy. I never could write poetry so I am always in awe of people who can. Body shaming is a serious issue in our culture. Glad your poetry reflects your stand on this!

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  • April 2, 2018 at 12:46 am
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    Wow that is beautiful. A few months back, I had written a post about body shaming and I totally relate to what you’ve written. I’ve been a victim of body shaming as I’ve put on a lot of weight after giving birth. Yes, I am a breastfeeding Mom, I feel hungry all the time. I have nobody around to take care of the child so that I can even exercise. I have accepted my body but seems like others have a problem with me being fat.

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    • April 2, 2018 at 1:00 am
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      We take 10 months to put on that weight, then breastfeed the kid for another minimum 6 months exclusively. Even with support and the right nutrition and fitness we will need atleast 2 years to bounce back. And even then our bodies will remain changed forever. Isnt that the beauty of it? We do need to be gentle towards ourselves and our miraculous selves. All women and men. Thanks for visiting and commenting Tamanna

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  • April 2, 2018 at 12:24 am
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    Beautiful poem. I am a sucker for poems. Loads can be said in a few lines.
    Body shaming needs to stop. Loved it.

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    • April 2, 2018 at 12:28 am
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      Thanks Priya. Glad you liked it. Loved your story for B.

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