How to Write Poetry About Body Image


Cultivating a positive and loving body image is essential to well-being and happiness. It takes a healthy mindset to reach self acceptance. Many feel pressured to obtain a certain social and/or cultural ideal of beauty, especially given the onslaught  of images depicting “idealized” bodies in the media.(Check out our recommended reading below for more information about beauty and body image.)

Other pressures can come from the people in your life, like family and friends. They can have a huge impact on how you feel about your own body, either with positive or not-so-positive comments about certain body types (including their own bodies). That said, it is possible to establish a loving relationship with your own body, no matter what shape or size. Here are some actions you can take to get started (and here are some poems about body image from Power Poetry's awesome users):

  1. Research. What (or who) influences you the most? Are there certain people you talk to or shows you watch that heavily impact how you feel about yourself, positively or negatively? It’s common to compare yourself to others you know or admire (celebrities included!). Think about how certain people and images impact your life--then you can begin to focus on the people and resources who help you feel positive. 
  2. Create. Look for safe spaces where you are free to speak openly and feel comfortable in your own skin. This space should provide healthy messages about all bodies, regardless of color, shape, size, or anything else. If it is difficult to find this space near you, create it--bring together friends and people you trust to make this a place where others feel comfortable too.
  3. Transform. Learning and practicing to eliminate negative pressures and ideas about how you should look is an important step in creating positive and healthy self-esteem. In order to begin changing the societal pressures and expectations of beauty and perfection, you should think about how you can love your body rather than how you are told to love your body. Writer, bell hooks, dares her reader to view love (self-love included) as revolutionary and courageous. In her series, Communion: The Female Search for Love, she addresses how love can help create positive sentiments towards one’s body. Focus on finding messages that instill self-love for you.
  4. Think. Everyone has her/his own perspective and idea on what a healthy body is. Everyone is different, and those differences should be celebrated, not criticized. Create an ethic with your body in which you promise to accept and love it unconditionally and ensure your safe space is shared by others in your group.
  5. Get started. Do things that leave you feeling positive and surround surround yourself with people who love themselves--the people you spend time with impacts the way you see yourself greatly. Writer, Arundhati Roy, shares her view on beauty and love.
  6. Power Poetry. You always have an outlet on about your feelings towards your body, positive or negative. It’s important to share your experiences with others for support. Think about any challenges you face and what tools you or people you know have used to help develop a healthy, positive attitude towards body image.

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Shambrica Walker

To be happy, society screams at us with images of perfection. What you wear, how thin you can be. Who you are never mattered. The pain they throw upon young girls. Pretty hurts, skin and bones are beauty. Reality is that the norm is no more. The disease that we throw on our bodies to fix what they see as imperfection. Why can't the pain go away? Looking into a mirror you’re not happy, tears stain the floor beneath you as you pull against the parts you can no longer stand because of the words that you are fed through media images. When you close your eyes at night your no longer happy with yourself. Food becomes an enemy and clothes become big on your skeleton of a body. Perfection kills you from the inside out as you finally see a beauty that was always there.


I just wrote a poem and posted it today that relates to body image and inner beauty. All of you ladies should check it out :) please ??


Submitted by Meleika16 on

It is lovely. Simple yet says so much

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