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?


Sources: animal.discovery.com/tv-shows/wild-kingdom/about-animals/humpback-humpback-facts.htm , http://www.merriam-webster.com , http://artist-3d.com/free_3d_models/dnm/model_disp.php?uid=2284 , http://ttsn.net/free-killer-whales-wallpaper-download-the-free-killer-whales/www.scenicreflections.com*files*killerwhales_1024x768.jpg/ , http://www.123rf.com/photo_6281625_fruit-bowl.html , http://indianapublicmedia.org

I do not own any of these images!


One response

  1. Some very beautiful and original thoughts. Too bad the state doesn’t have this level of intelligence.

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