Wednesday, June 23, 2010

to my eight year old cousin

i need to lose weight, i'm too fat
no baby,
you're too beautiful and you're too young
to start hating yourself  this early

it's lovely at first
an obsession an addiction
it will infiltrate your pores
and gnaw at you from the inside

while you look on at the decreasing number of hundreds
eight to five to two to less than one
you will learn to lovehatelovehate
until you won't know the difference between dead and barely breathing

it will beckon at you from the mirror
with a crooked, pale, skeletal finger
and you won't be able to
stop.

don't break, my love. don't break.

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