Dieting

After two days of eating much less food
(and believe me, missing it a great deal)
watching others scarf down rich stuff – how rude!
without giving a thought to how I feel

it seems to me that so many take thin
for granted (especially the young);
once you start fighting gravity – no win –
you look for fat people to stand among.

And in our society, god is youth,
fitness is the most high and holy grail;
oh, woe to the ugly and overweight.

Equating health with size may be a truth,
but as a test, it cannot be pass/fail –
or we all must learn to laugh at our fate.

20 JAN 2003

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