"For what binds us"

An excerpt from this poem was shared on an ED listserv I'm on, and it was so beautiful and appropriate, I had to share it here:

For What Binds Us
Jane Hirshfield

"And see how the flesh grows back
across a wound, with a great vehemence,
more strong
than the simple, untested surface before.
There's a name for it on horses,
when it comes back darker and raised: proud flesh,

as all flesh,
is proud of its wounds, wears them
as honors given out after battle,
small triumphs pinned to the chest?"

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hm said...

I like the phrase "proud flesh"- it gives voice to what I HOPE- what I fear is that "recovery" will make my flesh disgusting, fat, and in everyone's way- "proud" is so the opposite of that and it's what I hope for instead-

Ashley @ Nourishing the Soul said...

Saw this as well and found it incredibly profound. Thanks for sharing it!

Anonymous said...

wow- was this poem originally written about regaining weight after anorexia, or about something else?

either way, it is profound. Just wondering though.

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