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The Fat Ladies Sing

Los Angeles Times readers submitted their views in verse for a feature dedicated to opinion poetry.
Los Angeles Times readers submitted their views in verse for a feature dedicated to opinion poetry.
(Anthony Russo / For The Times )

We revel in our candy bars

And cookies, cake, and pie.

That vegetables taste wonderful

Is one humongous lie.

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But now we face admonishment.

Our size sets off a fuss.

The war against obesity

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Includes a war on us.

We know our girth is plentiful,

But listen to our voice.

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When thinking of our corpulence,

Why can’t you be pro-choice?

The author is a philosophy professor who wishes that her fellow liberals would be more critical of the nanny state.

Read more: Opinion poetry by Times readers

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