Two little girls in a seashell frame,
Posing on the beach.
Can you see the family resemblance?
The first girl is tall, ghostly white skin, and a bony, slender frame.
With hunched shoulders, she makes herself disappear.
She is a magic trick.
With a ****** in stomach,
She is the girl who was cut in half.
The second girl is shorter, with darker, glowing skin,
A body with curves.
She makes herself bigger.
Stretched out arms, skin spills out over her swim suit.
She points, staring at the camera.
Daring anyone to tell her she’s wrong,
That her body isn’t perfect.
The girls grow up being told they’re mistaken.
Skinny is confidence,
Chubby is shame.
Look, can’t you see?
Confidence is defiance,
It is a presence, it is taking up space.
Over time, the sun blesses the pale girl,
Scatters kisses over her body.
She is now the night sky,
With new constellations,
Beautiful in a different way.
Over time, her sister becomes the sun,
Opposites, in their beauty and brightness,
Yet equal all the same. And her sister
Teaches her how to defy everyone,
Who wants her to disappear.