What the Tags Say

The MVB prompt, “Tags,” made me think of how the eating disorder made me obsessed with the size of my clothes — the smaller the better. It didn’t  matter that some brands have different ways of sizing; if I didn’t fit into size X pants, then that was unacceptable. 

This poem is also for FOWC: Falling and for MLMM’s Saturday Mix, which is about antithesis (using opposites) this week. Linked with the Writers’ Pantry at PSU. 


Putting worth in the tags of clothes,

Thinking a letter or number knows —

Such a rough road, no smooth sailing,

Always thinking the wearer is failing

Therefore worn down, to despair falling.

Thankfully, a new way’s always calling:

No longer to sit so sad in shadows,

But to stand against what Life would oppose.

8 thoughts on “What the Tags Say

  1. We can lift each other up, especially when we can look past the ‘cover’ –
    Clothes are just a small voice in what should be recognized as a persons worth.

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  2. This is so saddening, but also I am hopeful and glad you’re overcoming it. I think of why it is always “if the shoes fits, wear it” and never “if the shoes doesn’t fit, your feet are flawed and maybe you should run more”.

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  3. When the world is seen through troubled eyes, then icons, symbols, tags become the signposts. Well some garments may say “one size fits all;” we have to embrace our uniqueness.

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