Fat Free Ice Cream

A villanelle poem I wrote inspired by beauty magazines and MTV.

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Fat Free Ice Cream
by Renee Lishka

Corn syrup, trans-fat–
What the hell is up with that?
What is the point of sugar free ice cream?
I would rather have the real thing.

What the hell is up with that?
Size six being the new fat?
I would rather have the real thing.
Beauty magazines don’t know shit about self-esteem.

Size six is the new fat?
Straight A’s, politics, curing kids from disease,
Beauty magazines don’t know shit about self-esteem.
Buy boobs, suck out fat, you’re not perfect yet.

Straight A’s, politics, curing kids from disease,
Why is it important that I eat fat free ice cream?
Buy boobs, suck out fat, you’re not perfect yet,
Forget your meals, have a smoke, super models drink diet coke.

Why is it important that I eat fat free ice cream?
Being good at math doesn’t mean shit if you’re not lean.
Forget your meals, have a smoke, super models drink diet coke.
Don’t think too much about the wars overseas, your self-esteem comes from MTV.

Being good at math doesn’t mean shit if you’re not lean.
You’re not man enough if you don’t make the team.
Don’t think too much about the wars overseas, your self-esteem comes from MTV.
You didn’t score with all that swag, now everyone will think you’re a fag.

You’re not man enough if you don’t make the team.
Following the bro code just isn’t your thing.
You didn’t score with all that swag, now everyone will think you’re a fag.
Crying shows how weak you can be, you’re not a man without self-esteem.

Following the bro code just isn’t your thing.
A pretty girl to you is a size fourteen.
Crying shows how weak you can be, you’re not a man without self-esteem.
Man up and deal with the pressure of forcing your love without any pleasure.

A pretty girl to you is a size fourteen
Beauty magazines are just as dumb as MTV
Man up and deal with the pressure, of forcing your love without any pleasure.
A challenge to have self-steem, when the media is nothing but mean.

Beauty magazines are just as dumb as MTV.
Muscles and make up only hide the real me.
A challenge to have self-esteem when the media is nothing but mean.
Ignore the ads and forget what you’ve seen, have yourself a scoop of good old ice cream.

 

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