Beauty Can't be Weighed Blame and shame should have no place in our body, mind or spirit.

“Invincible” by Helen Garner

You see with your eyes, but we see with our hearts.

You feel with your hands, but we feel with our souls.

You are not what we see or feel. You don't see us and you don't feel us.

You are the creator, you give us the entry to your heart and soul....

Whenever you're ready, ready to see you the way we do.

You hide in the dark when your light is so bright.

You wade in the water when you wave is so strong.

You sit in the fog when your dreams are so clear.

You let yourself drown in the elements of life,

gasping for air in the cold,

clawing the earth with hopes to be saved from yourself.

You are not society, you are human...

flesh and bones with emotions to show.

Show us who you really are.

You pump, you lift and you sweat everything out,

but are muscles really the gain?

Who are you leaving behind for the new you?

Is there even anymore room left for to be noticed?

When you get lost in pounds who is supposed to set you free?

Why follow the crowd and become petrified of your own exquisite features.

You are your own person, not Channing Tatum or Morris Chestnut....

You create your reality. So why not make it a phenomenal one.

When you rise, we rise, we are no longer hidden or ashamed...

We are open and free and ready to be seen... SHOW THEM.

“Make belief” by Dawn barker

You look at me and say "I want that'

I look at you and say "I want that"

But why can't we look in the mirror and say "I like that?"

Instead of saying I wouldn't mind a little less

Or I wouldn't mind a little more

Shouldn't we be saying we wouldn't mind staying just as we are?

To be healthy should be the only goal

That is the best way to look and feel beautiful

No more purging, starving, binging, going to extremes to meet the visions of society.

What the media portrtays is not real

What others say is only guided by insecurities and/or jealousy

Find your voice and be who you want to be.

I say no more

You say once more

I'm shutting that door.

My body is mine to be loved and respected

Your body is yours, do not be ashamed

They are gifts to be taken care of not damaged past repair.

Acceptance is key along with a little confidence

So I'll tell you this if you haven't heard it before

You are beautiful just the way you are.

Has the capability to influence the audience, making a difference in the way the reader deals with and views body shaming. Dawn Barker relies on poetic devices to urge a substantial positive outlook. That is melancholic and further highlights the effect body shaming has on people in our society. Appreciation, acceptance and confidence are three crucial key elements indicated thoroughly throughout the poem. Women in particular are more and more, submitting to society’s definition of perfection. This poem advocates for celebration and acceptance of all bodies in their many varying forms. It is evident that standing up to the undesirable behaviours that body shaming has to you, Dawn Barker has definitely changed the feelings towards this issue and makes a difference.

“The Perfect Body” Mary Singletary

I know Lord, no matter what we do to ourselves, no matter how hard we try

The perfect body will rarely be seen by the human eye.

The perfect body along with the perfect face

Can only be acquired through your loving grace.

The following I ask of Thee for all to see

So we may be the people you meant for us to be.

God bless our legs so we may walk the path of righteousness

And have the strength to run far away from the road of nothingness.

God bless our arms so we may cradle the Holy Spirit

So we may lovingly caress, nurture and cherish it.

God bless our hands so they may hold on to what is Truth

And toss away the evil lies which we've held since our youth.

God bless our minds so we may think Peace

And to truly believe in loving one another so all the fighting will cease.

God bless our eyes so we can see the beauty in everyone

And to be worthy witnesses of all that you have done.

God bless our hearts so they may be filled with Love, Hope and Charity, a home for Christ Jesus

Bless us with a warm loving soul so He may faithfully dwell within us.

Looks at body shaming, the misconceptions and the life changing decisions it can load upon you. The poem really uses detail and the explicit word combinations identify that the perfect body is naturally non-existent. Readers have a turn in beliefs and values towards not only themselves but the people they cherish around them, accepting people for who they are. Everyone is perfect in God’s eye, no matter the circumstance.

"Try" by Colbie Caillat (Unrepeated)

Put your make up on

Get your nails done

Curl your hair

Run the extra mile

Keep it slim

So they like you. Do they like you?

Get your sexy on

Don't be shy, girl

Take it off

This is what you want, to belong

So they like you. Do you like you?

You don't have to try so hard

You don't have to give it all away

You just have to get up, get up, get up, get up

You don't have to change a single thing

You don't have to try

Get your shopping on,

At the mall,

Max your credit cards

You don't have to choose,

Buy it all

So they like you. Do they like you?

Wait a second,

Why should you care, what they think of you

When you're all alone, by yourself

Do you like you? Do you like you?

You don't have to try so hard

You don't have to bend until you break

Take your make up off

Let your hair down

Take a breath

Look into the mirror, at yourself

Don't you like you?

Cause I like you

Colbie Caillat uses numerous poetic devices to really put an end to body shaming. The poet claims that building a relationship with your body will objectively cause a more positive outlook to how you view yourself as well as others. Altogether leading to youths of Australia respecting each other and most importantly themselves. Caillat portrays a sense of optimism. Demanding the audience to witness the unrealistic expectation of what other people value, over what really matters – that being what’s on the inside.
SOURCE 1: Graph representing girls agreeing with the statement of ‘Is Body Shaming important in society/ is it affecting the lives of our century?’, comparing to the boys opinion, in Australia.
SOURCE 2: GIRLS tend to feel depressed, guilty and shameful after spending time looking at fashion magazine's. 48% wish they were as skinning as models they have seen. The ratio of girls 2:1 boys feel clinically depressed.
SOURCE 3: The average teenager spends 10 hours and 45 minutes every day on social media.

Poetry HAS the DEFINATE POWER to MAKE a DIFFERENCE in Australia's current society!


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