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Zero - By: Rocky Teitlebaum

The kid refuses the pleading offers of meals or snacks

They've refused it for so long

Their tongue has forgot the tingling sensation that follows cravings

But their still not as empty as they promised themself they would be

So the warm salty fries in front of them will wait

They've adjusted their diet to

Two slices of bread (coated in peanut butter)

One snack

And as much water as they wish

This daily intake of food has theft them so hungry

The angry screams from their stomach has become their music

Cold and sweating they approach the washroom

Their legs threaten to let them crash

But they know if they fall they wont get back up

The scale stands in front of them 89 pounds

They are 89 pounds to heavy

Please give a detailed explanation about the meaning and main idea of this poem.:

This poem is about how eating disorders change the way of thinking, making it about control. They are not rational, and there is no goal that will ever be satisfactory, yet they consume every moment of your day.

Please explain your writing and thought process regarding this poem.:

I wanted to share an honest piece of what is could look like to struggle with an eating disorder.

Why did you choose to write this poem?:

I wanted to minimize the romanticization and jealousy of eating disorders.

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Jr Chittle
Jr Chittle
Nov 29, 2022

Body image. Eating disorders. Prejudice. Hate. Racism. Sexism.

Sometimes I feel depressed by the problems of the world.

Then I see poetry about it. Then I see essays about it. Then I see writing capturing every aspect of this--and I have hope. Hope that one day, the world will see things as they are. Hope that one day, poets like Rocky Teitlebaum will help us as humans.

Good for you. Keep writing.

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