Monday, January 25, 2010

Homage To My Hips

I was looking up the word "homage" when I found this poem.  It made me laugh and think about how fun it would be to write a poem to your body.  I've always been one of those women that has fought the stereotype of having to fit into a certain mold to feel beautiful and sexy.  God knows it's not easy to have a positive and healthy self image all the time, especially in this society but it's worth a try.

Looking back at all the sizes and shapes I've been, I'm always amazed by the times I've felt the most beautiful and how these times correlate to totally different body weights and shapes.  It's a cliche but it is really a state of mind.  Now if only I could remember that when I'm trying on something that I love but that clearly doesn't love me!

Homage to My Hips

these hips are big hips.
they need space to
move around in.
they don't fit into little
petty places. these hips
are free hips.
they don't like to be held back.
these hips have never been enslaved,
they go where they want to go
they do what they want to do.
these hips are mighty hips.
these hips are magic hips.
i have known them
to put a spell on a man and
spin him like a top

Lucille Clifton

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