J’ai Fin (a poem from newspaper article words NaPoWriMo 4/28/2014)

Published April 28, 2014 by kdorholt

*(A sad footnote to a tragic story: Maria Caro, mother of Isabelle Caro, committed suicide feeling enormous guilt at daughter’s passing . . .)

For 15 years
I watched . . . with
a mother’s horror!
Her self starvation,
anorexia nervosa.
Isabelle succumbed . . .
dying to be thin.

Notoriety! Dramatic
nude image billboard
campaign banned
in Italy, France
too disturbing, depressing
one remains . . .
in Rome

60 lbs., cadaverous
body—-a lab skeleton—-
prematurely aged skin.
Breasts tiny pockets
of flesh hung
from ribcage.
Long fingers like
broken matchsticks.

“The Little Girl
Who Didn’t”
Want to Get Fat”
blames mother . . . me!
I set the stage
for my
daughter’s demise?

Diapers until age 7 . . .
Dressed in clothing
much too small . . .
Locked inside
our Rome apartment . . .
(“Fresh air makes
children grow!”)

It was her
rebellion— her wresting
a measure of control
from “domineering mother”!
She lived on tiny
squares of chocolate/
self-rationed corn flakes

The doctor’s put her
to sleep that dreadful
day at Bichet. . . disconnected
her machine . . . shortened
it all. “In any case
your daughter didn’t
want to live.”

I set the stage for
my daughter’s demise?!
Kate Moss, icon
for the world
understands, “Nothing
tastes as good
as skinny feels.”

Image of Isabelle Carol at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Isabelle_Caro.jpgJ’ai Fin
http://www.tvguide.com/news/isabelle-caro-dies-1027182.aspx (billboard image)


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