Tatum Zola

An Ode to All of You

I have decided to love my body
Not for me
But for the lineage of women
Who have methodically excavated the body I take for granted each day
For my mother
Who exceeded everyone's expectations
And went to college
Got married
Lived a fulfilling life
For my grandmother
With the voice of an angel
Whose wrinkles reflect the stories of her past
Each one different
Each one unique
For my mimi
The mother of my mother
Who went through the death of her mother
Only to continue living through it all
For my great grandmothers
Who lived well past the age of 100
To see their great-grandchildren grow up
Surviving through decades of pandemics
For the women of my family who survived the holocaust

And for those who didn’t
For the women who immigrated to america
To build better futures for themselves and their families
I love my body because it is a representation of the women before me
Their hopes
And I will never take it for granted

About the Author: Tatum Zola is a 10th grader from Eugene, Oregon. She first found her love for writing at the age of ten, and has since been able to explore avenues of creative literature including narrative and poetry work. In her free time Tatum enjoys sketching and listening to music on vinyl. In addition to Girls Right the World, Tatum's poetry is being featured in Kids Spirit Online and Auroras & Blossoms.