Button Poetry is a YouTube channel in which I constantly lose myself because I am always so enthralled by the vulnerability displayed by the artists. Nearly every performance there feels as though they speak to me directly and sometimes even speak for me, giving voice to feelings I couldn’t until then, find a way to express. It’s feels like a moment of solidarity for me in which as the spectator, I am both the healer and the healed.
I am so fond of this poem here because it beautifully encapsulates the conflicting feelings you can have for your body.
The moments of sheer hatred and resentment painfully juxtaposed with moments of guilt and tenderness.
The ways in which you want to both escape and take refuge in your body when the world is tearing you apart.
Above all, it’s a reminder for me to be ever so gentle with my body, because it takes it all even when it shouldn’t.
Isabelle Masado writes about body compassion on her blog "The Dear Body Project". She knows all too well that the personal is the political, is the community. As such, there is no discussing body compassion without talking about the assault on black bodies, trans women, and people with disabilities. Her mantra is, "How can I live in a way that makes room for you too"? She writes to examine, to heal, to redeem.