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Poems for Reflection
and Discussion

By Josie Whitehead

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B O D Y   I M A G E

By Josie Whitehead

Body Image

Why do our bodies bother us?
      Why do they make us cry?
Why do they often make us laugh
      And also make us sigh?

Why do our bodies bother us?
     Pigs don’t consider weight.
One piggy thinks another one
      Looks piggish and quite great!

Why do our bodies bother us?
      Why do we spend our time
Dwelling on our spots and hair?
       It really is a crime.

Do birds worry about their shape,
     Their height, their legs or feet?
Are they concerned with getting fat
    From foods they choose to eat?

Why do our bodies bother us -
     The colour of our skin -
Or if a man’s a little short
     Or a girl looks rather thin?

Do creatures of the natural world
     Think of the clothes they wear:
Their fur and feathers, scaly skins - 
     Or how they do their hair?

No, so don’t let your body bother you -
     It’s colour, shape or size -
And then you’ll be much happier
      And also very wise.

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This is a huge subject for discussion, I know.  My last verse isn't exactly how I feel myself because health goes with 'body image'.  You can become ill by eating 'junk food' and this can show itself up by someone being very overweight.  Eating wisely is important, as is taking good exercise.  This applies to human beings and to animals too, so don't feed your dog with food that is bad for him/her.  They cannot eat the same food as we can and foods like onions, chocolate etc is, in fact, poisonous for them.  Josie

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