By Vaishnavi Saritha
'You are enough' I told her For she has stopped going out. I don't know what went wrong -- A media catastrophe? Last Sunday I saw her trying to make herself throw up Because the little Joe told her she wasn't good enough. I saw her exercising -- it was barely past 2am -- To get those washboard abs and thigh gaps. I saw her trying on Fair and Lovely… Well, I heard they were renamed For she was called ugly by her 'best friend'. I saw her cloistered inside the room as she chose to shut out the sun. I saw tons of weight-loss apps, All luring her for premium memberships. I saw her feed full of fitness gurus -- Once again shaming many like her. Was it the Big Brother Magazines to blame? All the Vogue and Marie Clare Or the Gucci and Dior ? I saw her throwing out all her barbies For they represented all she envied. Disgusted by her flabby arms, I saw her tossing In the wishing well, her entire worth. For she was the next day’s scholar and poet. I saw those airbrushed profile pictures Burned at stake, wish I could hold many like her
Vaishnavi Saritha is a literature student currently pursuing her Master’s degree from NSS College Pandalam. Her areas of interest are Narratology , Gender Studies and Gothic Fiction.
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