I wrote a history about my future:
One day I will own more than one towel.
Maybe even one for every day of the week.
-big and luscious.
-big enough to cover every inch of my body.
-big enough to wrap around my fat legs,
my fat thighs, my fat shoulders, my fat arms
-big enough to swaddle me from the world’s harms.
To protect me from evil men’s charms;
eyes that see fat and fetish and fury,
wanting to tear into me or eat me:
my thighs, my breasts.
One day I will have more than one towel.
One for me.
One for him.
-someone who loves me, truly.
-who sees my body as something more,
than something to own or change.
Charl Landsberg is a South African transgender poet whose work often delves into feminism, queer rights, fat activism, etc.