In the summer we picnic under a majestic, ancient oak
With grounded roots and a sturdy, thick trunk
She reaches her myriad branches up, up, up
I believe she will touch the sky.
Her trunk is too thick to wrap my arms around
But never once did I give it a thought
Measure her girth and complain
And the oak grows larger and stronger.
In the ocean there dwell humpback whales
Large like monsters, but cherished by man
Weighing 48 tons, sporting heavy blubber
They beautify the ocean with their echoing song.
There are no tabloids for the humpback whale
Blaring with headlines about dieting
Wrapping a rope around the middle and constricting
So the whale can breathe freely, a burst of salty air.
Everything, large and small belongs to the earth.
A sapphire in the necklace of the universe
A perfect sphere, swirling with clouds
Dancing and spinning because she is life, she is beautiful.
And who would dare to fit a corset to the earth?
Mold the green-blue orb into a grotesque form
Chisel away at the chubby cheeks of our home?
No one. She is a masterpiece, she is life.
So why, then, do we look at the girl
Her eyes two brimming cups of innocence
And weigh the invaluable child on a scale?
The California state standards, the tabloids
Suck the breath of life out of a child
Prey on the insecure hearts of girls
Drink their blood as we turn our faces
Why do we do it?
The tree, the whale, are beautiful
Growing strong, as large as ever
The earth doesn’t shrink with each generation
So what of girls? Are they not
Gorgeous, each one, healthy, robust
Waists voluptuous or righteous like a tree trunk
Isn’t the song they sing more valuable than the size they wear?
Mother earth bears apples, peaches, potatoes for us all
She does not put her daughters on a diet
So why must we?
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