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Wednesday, 12 December 2018 02:21

“Haiku Your Way to Body Positivity”

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As we feast our way through all the wonderful winter celebrations, we tend to overindulge and then hate ourselves afterward.

Body positivity can be difficult after one-too-many spiced apple ciders. This is why I’ve opted to express body-love through art this holiday season. If you’re interested in promoting positive self-love and expressing your inner artistic side, then read on to learn how to Haiku Your Way to Body Positivity.

Most of us are quite aware of haikus and how they are created, but most of us haven’t written one since high school.

Haikus are a short poem with 3 lines alternating between 5, 7, and 5 syllables. If you’re like me, you clap with the syllables because clapping is fun and makes you look like you’re either a) trying to clap-battle your way through a particularly beautiful and poetic fight or b) have a hard time deciphering how many syllables each word actually has (which is the real reason why I clap). Both are pluses in my book, so I highly recommend.

Some professional haiku poets describe them to be an “aesthetic moment”, capturing the harmony between a poet’s nature and the environment. With some modern interpretation, creating a haiku about body positivity is a perfect way to both respect the art form for its intended purpose and show yourself some body-love.

What I love most about haikus is there ability to instantly turn feeling into works of art. 

They can make utter nonsense seem compelling and deep – they don’t even have to rhyme! It takes the pressure off of trying to create elaborate artistic pieces. Leave the real poeticism to the professionals! Don’t worry about how good or bad the results are and just have fun. Here are some haikus I’ve been writing in my spare time:

Belly lines galore

Rumbling with my stomach

Peace, my inner child

Apple body babe

No tits, no ass, all belly

Soft, squishy belly

Big ol’ double chin

The bounty of your splendor

F*ck society

See how I was all like “fuck society” in the last one? That’s because I’m edgy. I’m edgy and I’m a g*ddamn artist. But at this point, I’m cringe flexing (which is the next level of “weird flexing” – a.k.a. bragging about the cringey things you do). Cringe flex, but ok.

Try writing a haiku to combat negative self-talk. You’ll be surprised by how cathartic the whole process is. In the end, you’ll have something fun to put in your journal and if you’re particularly proud of your poetic prowess, you can create some wonderful word art to frame and place if your home and office!

Write a Haiku about body positivity and comment it down below!

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Cassandra Appleby

Cassandra Appleby is a marketing student at San Francisco State University, set to graduate in May. Being plus size her entire life, she is passionate about promoting body positivity and empowering others to find their confidence.

There is a serious problem with how the world values Fat People.

A Fat Girl’s Guide is a series of articles aimed toward breaking negative stereotypes surrounding fatness. “Fat” is a word riddled with pain, bias, and stereotypes. Cassandra’s goal is to break these connotations into easily digestible, bite-size chunks and hopefully make you laugh along the way.

What does it mean to be a Fat Girl? Well, it means that you don’t have to be a “girl” at all. These articles represent things fellow Fat Girls, Boys, Non-Binaries, Transsexuals, and the like go through.

A Fat Girl is…
• Anyone who has been marginalized for their size (regardless of gender, sexuality, race, age, disability – you get the picture).
• Anyone who has been told they are not valuable because of their appearance.
• Anyone who is tired of following society’s rules on how we should look, act, perform, and exist in this world.

How does Cassandra navigate being a Fat Girl in one of the most vain cities in the world? Well, read on.

Connect with Cassandra

www.cassandraappleby.com  |  instagram.com/cassandraappleby  |   twitter.com/cassandrappleby

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