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Random Poem:

Fair
sarie02

life ain't fair
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to give you
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fair lips
 3
fair figure
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fair hair
 5
fair eyes
 6
fair everything
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while I sit in this
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excess skin
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no fairness in
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hearing you whine about a shirt
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that I can only dream
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to begin to fit
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to wedge in
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to hear you complain about the fat that tries to
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cushion your organs
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when this could feed a small village
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unfair that my hair is my
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only asset
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flat ironed for 4 years straight
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my only control my only  beauty
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not fair
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to see you wail over
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some small blemish
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that dares to try and make you
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look even half ugly
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when your Grungy already
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beats out my Dressed Up
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not fair
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for me to digest an apple
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as you inhale butterscotch ice cream
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not fair
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for me to gnaw on turkey jerky when
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you munch on Poptarts and Chef Boyardee
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fair game for you
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to attack a stash of
 36
EasyMac at midnight
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while I chew on freeze-dried fruit
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unfair for you to make me eat mini Oreos
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chastise me not to worry
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but really just so you won’t
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feel guilty for eating them too
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you tell me I don’t eat but I do
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just carefully cuz
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I'm not like you
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I have to savor my carrot juice
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when you consume
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kit kats and pizza for dinner
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you say you're “bad” when you
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upturn your nose at sweat
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or complain about a diet that lasts you
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1 week
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while mine lasts
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my life
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cuz your body doesn't care
 55
and doesn't change
 56
didn't feel the freshman 15
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and lets you swap clothes with friends
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or accept gifts that you know will fit
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cut up your shirts all cute for football games
 60
pack lightly with 1/2 the amount of cloth in your suitcase
 61
and grab stuff off the rack
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without the horror of the dressing room
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not fair for other’s gazes
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to decide that I should
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“just try a little harder”
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when they don’t know the gallons of sweat
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I could collect per day
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while they judge my once a semester consumption of pasta
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as proof of my laziness
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when they stare ignorant to my every waking moment
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of draining efforts
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of balancing equations
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to pick breakfast or lunch
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in attempts to calculate every consumption of
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each calorie, carb and gram of fat
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others glare unaware
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of the necessity to choose
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exercise the next morning
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instead of going out the night before
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oblivious of my
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ritual love-hate relationship with the scale
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as I labor and tire on beeping machines
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kickbox at the gym religiously
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log three six twenty hours weekly
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in efforts to burn
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all that prevents me
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from knowing what it feels like
 88
to be you
 89
 
 
you're far too fair
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for me to follow to try
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and understand how to possibly
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find fault with perfection
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to have no urge to photoshop my picture
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to know the joy of tank tops and shorts
 95
to have a sundress look familiar and flattering
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to not feel the jiggle of a double chin
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to enjoy my profile
 98
to see skin without stretched scars
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to slip on single-digit jeans
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to dance all fair and free
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carelessly
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instead of readjusting
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and sucking in
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constantly
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see
 106
 
 
life's got
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no fairness left
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for me
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cuz you stole it all
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with your fair beauty
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