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Poem: ‘My Body’

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by Sara Bawany –  Instagram

i’ve spent these days rebuilding my body
after ripping it apart with the words
of careless aunties and paper cuts from teen vogue
and the sharp waists of
all the white women bestowed upon
my self-esteem
i am teaching myself to be
beautiful again
to love all the hairs that harvested themselves
on my skin
to refrain from dissecting my eyebrows
like white men have done to my culture
to take pride in the bridge of my nose and
my thick eyelashes and
bask in all my melanin’s glory

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Sara Bawany is a Dallas-based poet, writer, and occasional spoken word artist with a passion for bringing to light some of the most taboo issues in the South Asian community. A recent graduate of The University of Texas at Austin, Sara just received her master’s degree in social work. She hopes to work with domestic violence victims and help them find their voices again, just like she has through writing. When Sara isn’t writing, she enjoys baking, taking pictures, eating lots of Nutella, and cuddling with her pet rabbit. She plans to publish her first poetry book soon and you can find more of her writings on her poetry Instagram and Facebook.