Poems by Candice Scannell

Zachary

a poem by Candice Scannell

November 23rd is a day I will always remember
It was rainy and cold – not very nice weather
But at 4:35 after a long hard night
The clouds opened up and the sky turned so bright

I was given a gift from the heavens above
It was a little boy who I would spoil with love
I knew the first time I held you we were a perfect pair
You were such a cute baby with tones of dark hair

Ten tiny fingers and ten tiny toes
A perfect round face and cute button nose
8lbs 5oz you were a great size
With long dark lashes and great big blue eyes

Now that was 8 years ago and it still seems like yesterday
The days of cribs and diapers have all gone away
They’ve been replaced with Nintendo and Pokemon cards
Pikachu, Charmandar and of course Bulbalzor

I watch Dragon Ball Z with you so we can spend time together
I know this sounds selfish but I wish you could stay young forever
There will come a day when you’ll branch out on your own
A part of me will always be with you so you’ll never be alone

A Dangerous Game

a poem by Candice Scannell

What is the perfect weight? Now that’s the question
Trying to reach it can become an obsession
There’s so much pressure to be thin
We’ve lost sight that beauty comes from within

How they determine sizes confuses us all
Because a size large fits like a small
Some things I buy, I’m a size four
But then have to buy a ten at a different store

Diets and pills are a danger to your health
I know this because I’ve done them myself
Always searching for a way to lose those last ten pounds
Then only pretending to eat when people are around

The scale is your best friend when the number decreases
But when the number goes up your self-esteem shatters to pieces
You’ll do anything now to get rid of that imaginary roll
But now you have an eating disorder and have lost control

Please get some help – just take the first step
It’s a decision you’ll make that you won’t regret
Your life isn’t measured in inches and pounds
And the world would be a sad place if you weren’t around

So just love yourself for who you are
And stop yourself before you go too far
We have lost so many to this dangerous game
Anorexia and Bulimia are a ‘disease’ not just a name