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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Hard and Soft (04/23/09)

TITLE: A Diary Perspective
By Kellie Henningsen
04/29/09


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At sixteen I had reached my full height
There was to be no more growing for me
But my mid section didn’t get the word
It started to expand and turn jiggly

Annoyed I was at this weight gain
The scale had never before been an issue
I determined a flat stomach would be mine
As I sniffed and grabbed a tissue

I nibbled on cucumbers and lettuce
And drowned myself with water
I did sit ups until I was sick
I knew it would be worth all the bother

In time, the scale showed a weight loss
But the squishiness just wouldn’t change
My wedding day was around the corner
But my rock hard abs weren’t in range

At long last, my dream came true
My stomach was amazingly hard
I showed it off beaming with pride
I no longer felt any lard

That all changed the day I gave birth
My firm stomach was instantly mushy
I vowed I could still make it happen
If only I could be a little more pushy

Throughout the years and more pregnancies
I watched my stomach change
While I still desired those rock hard abs
I realized I might be a little deranged

After the childbearing years were over
I functioned in a continuous blur
As motherhood took over my life
I had no time for a stomach cure

Once the kids were a little older
I brought out the exercise gear
Sweating to Billy Banks and Leslie Sansone
I resolved that this would be my year

Months later while sporting my muffin top image
I was cleaning in the basement one day
I found a diary from when I was sixteen
And was shocked at what it had to say

“A flat hard stomach…I will have!”
My own words came back to mock me
At sixteen, I couldn’t achieve this goal
How could I possibly now make it be?

My diary made me stop and think
What is really important in life?
Is it to look like a twenty year old model?
Or to be a great mommy and wife?

Six pack abs and rock hard muscles
Are just not going to happen for me
I need to accept myself the way I am
And start to live life more contentedly


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Marilyn Schnepp 05/02/09
Great message here! Pure Truth with comical phrases to delight the reader. The poem itself had some really good stanza's..and others that didn't rhyme as smooth; but all in all a delightful poem with lots of "Good Common Sense." I enjoyed it immensely, since I can empathize with this writer fully. Nice job!
Lollie Hofer 05/06/09
I liked your poem. A little shaky here and there with the cadence and rhyme, but overall, it was a good read. I liked the message of the poem as well.
Glenda Lagerstedt05/06/09
Yours is an easy one to identify with. You do a good job of putting it into words.