Fine Lines



You define me between your lines

that divide my form into its parts.

Now pieces to be sorted, stamped, and appraised.

The lesser ones summarily dismissed.

My soul erased from the page –

of no merit before your jaded eyes.

Shapeless and without consequence,

its worth not so easily summoned.

You define me between your linesย 

to remind my sisters in arms

who’ve forgotten their true place –

Fed endless rhetoric to the contrary.


The pieces outlined in a vulgar message

where rating scales replace words:

We’re nothing more than cheap copies of a standard.

Not mine. Not ours.

For the pieces you’ve so crudely selected

belong to our mothers, daughters,

sisters, and me. We are all one.

And we are made of flesh, bone, and temper.

We are not objects for your subjection.

We shout when we’re angry.

We cry when we’re hurt.

We bleed when we’re cut.

Your lines cutting me to shreds.


powerful portrait of woman looking at camera, dark,

ยฉBrenda Baker 2017

A poem written in response to the objectification and degradation of women that permeates social media and the internet.

37 comments on “Fine Lines”

    1. Thank you so much for your wonderful words of support! In this poem I wanted to express my frustration with all the photos shared online that objectify women. While I agree that women are indeed beautiful, many of the photos shared online don’t celebrate that beauty, but render us uni-dimensional beings to be ogled for the amusement of others. We’re so much more than that, and we deserve better.

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      1. I have seen that objectification. I think it ridiculous that people on TV are criticized because “they put on weight, ” ” their dress was too plain,” or some other ridiculous insult and not see the person as a person, who is human just like they are and deserve to be treated better than livestock being judged for their appearance only. Totally understood you. Keep up the good work. You do have a beautiful gift!

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      2. Thank you once again! It does sometimes feel like we’re cattle being branded by some invisible standard. I’m tired of the body shaming as well. The mentality has long been in place with the internet making it much easier to share and spread like a disease. And while my words won’t make a difference whatsoever, I’m tired of standing by in silence. Beneath our shell, we are all human beings – no more, but absolutely no less as well.

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    1. Thank you so very much, Ernest. ๐Ÿ™‚ I had to take a deep breath before posting this poem. My fear was that my message wouldn’t come across as intended. Your words of support help alleviate that concern. ๐Ÿ™‚ And welcome to WordPress!

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  1. Amazing poem ๐Ÿ™‚ Such a strong message, we are more than our “parts,” and the sum of our parts; we are made up of pieces which can’t be seen in a mirror. Anyway.. I have just reached 100 followers, and you are one of those! So I just wanted to message and say a big THANK YOU!! It really means a lot that you decided to support me. I’m writing a book, and thus trying to develop a little bit of an online presence- still very much in early stages, but thanks for following me already. Hopefully this thing is going to get bigger! Take care, and hope to hear more from you ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. First of all, thank you so much for your amazing support! Secondly, congratulations on your first 100 followers! ๐Ÿ™‚ It took me a long time to gain a readership. I had no idea what I was doing when I started on WordPress haha ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve also found Twitter to be a great place of support for writers. There’s an awful lot of writers on Twitter and a wealth of resources for writers and bloggers. Wishing you a wonderful week ahead!

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      1. Ha.. yes it has taken me a while to work out wordpress as well, and I have finally got my blog looking as I want it to look in the last month or so.. took a very long time to work out all the formatting tools.And yes, twitter is going to be my next foray and place to work out how best to use and utilise.. I haven’t been on it too much just yet, but everyone is telling me it’s a great place for writers. Thanks so much for your comment and your support! Means a lot. And keep in touch!

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      2. It took me forever to find a look that I liked for my page. I changed it so many times that I lost track. I created my Twitter account back in 2015, but I only started really using it December past. Since then I’ve grown to love it.๐Ÿ˜ŠAnd I’ll definitely be keeping in touch!


    1. I appreciate such wonderful support, Ernest.:) Although I don’t consider myself as having a high vocabulary, I’ll gratefully accept your compliment. ๐Ÿ™‚ I actually try to keep my poems as simple as possible while still conveying my message or story. And of course, some topics make that goal easier than others. Every poem I write continues to be a learning experience. ๐Ÿ™‚

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      1. You express yourself very well in English. ๐Ÿ™‚ It would be so much more difficult to write poetry in a second language. And don’t mind me, it can sometimes be difficult for me to accept a compliment. ๐Ÿ™‚

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