The apple, the snake and Eve
A bite of the apple sent her right to her knees
She picked up the snake and turned it into tape
Wrapped it round as much body as she could take
Punched in numbers of what she just ate
Benchmarked against her sister’s waist
My curves, too stubborn, they just cannot hide!
My bones, too strong, they just are too wide!
She sat in paradise and continued to cry
All of the magazine’s diets
Self-punishment turned into a habit
No CBT, therapy or Adam’s earth
Could ever mend her broken self-worth.
Alia Al Shamsi is half Emarati, half Italian born and raised in Dubai. She is a published author and artist with a background in Photography and Psychology.