Daphne’s Diet


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Daphne’s Diet – Day 1

She’d signed at ‘Slimming Zone’ and paid her dues,
determined she would stick to it and lose
the weight that so miraculously formed
around her waist, her thighs and upper-arms.
She didn’t eat a lot and moved about
so couldn’t understand the fat throughout

her visceral muscles – so the doctor said.
‘You’ll have to get it off or you’ll be dead’.
The choice was clear. She had to motivate
herself to reach a healthy weight. A state
she had aspired to since nineteen eighty two;
before the kids, of course, and Chicken Vindaloo.

‘I’ll just use up the last of this’. She hated waste,
and couldn’t bin the Galaxy or resist the taste.

Read more about Daphne’s Diet in

newly published ‘Tickled Pink’


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I was born with the muse in me. Sometimes I wish it would go away but it won't, so, good, bad or ugly it will escape intermittently.
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28 Responses to Daphne’s Diet

  1. Oh dieting just have to problems… how to start and how to end… and between there we all exist… and chicken vindaloo is an addiction.


  2. Sanaa Rizvi says:

    Sigh, dieting does come with a problem or two.
    Powerfully written.

    Lots of love,


  3. Paul says:

    That is an unique subject for poetry and interestingly fun write 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Misky says:

    Oh, yes, just one more curry!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Grace says:

    It takes a lot of discipline to stick to the diet ~ Still it would be good to consult with the doctor before starting on a diet ~ 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Ah, have been struggling with this all my life. Some seem to get by with not putting the weight on and others do. This is fun but also has that note of desperation.Need to read about your diet now!

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    • ShirleyB says:

      Thank you. Daphne’s struggle is not exactly my own – but not too far away either 🙂

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      • ShirleyB says:

        And just for you – here’s day 2!

        Daphne’s Diet – Day 2

        Ok, the fridge is free of naughty stuff.
        The weight is coming off – she’s had enough.
        She’s stocked with salad leaves, tomatoes,
        a variety of peppers, avocado
        (for the nutrient intensity), and chicory
        (for minerals and fibre). Nothing savoury
        to sabotage the dietary plan.
        A cabbage stew is brewing in the pan.
        The carrot sticks are ready in a pot –
        along with celery. She’s got a lot
        of fruit and varied vitamins from Boots.
        Tonight she’s stirring something hot with bamboo shoots.

        The determination’s strong – that’s for sure.
        It’s a shame about the peanuts in the drawer.


  7. This is so priceless. I spent most of my life fighting the bulge then 15 years ago had a kidney transplant…and now I’m too skinny (thanks to what the meds do to me) and can’t gain. Such irony.

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  8. scotthastiepoet says:

    Neatly doen and with humour too.. Well crafted piece that brought a smile…


  9. ShirleyB says:

    Thank you, Victoria. And well done with your transplant. Just be healthy x

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  10. thotpurge says:

    LOL…who can resist chicken vindaloo! Here’s to staying healthy and happy.

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  11. The constant struggle with food, don’t I know it.
    Great and entertaining poem Shirley enjoyed it..

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  12. diet=tied to something
    sewn bearing guilt or someone else’s moral weight
    i cling to the tendril scents
    yes, i want, all the time
    what is it that satisfies my soul
    i’m not sure either but i still write everyday
    like i suppose you do as well…

    great subtle evocation in your piece…

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  13. Harish G. says:

    the stomach knows what it wants, real work goes in resisting temptation


  14. I love the “lightness” (pun/no pun intended) here, Shirley! The rhymes are playful and work well with the subject. I do enjoy this poem! (And I got the name right!)

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  15. ZQ says:

    that’s it! I have a left-over meatball sub in the frig and I’m going for it… 🙂 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  16. Bryan Ens says:

    Waste not …lose weight not … lol.

    Liked by 1 person

  17. lillian says:

    Fun fun read! Having always been slim, one day….when I turned 67, I looked down and was surprised to see that I’d sprouted a belly! Have no idea how to diet……love to walk and exercise….but that belly sits there still! I’m reminded of a few lines by Ann Lamott:
    Look up.
    Not down at your shoes.
    Not down at your belly — yes, it’s sticking out.
    Look up.

    Love these words………:) Yours was a fun read this AM!

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  18. ShirleyB says:

    🙂 thank you, Lillian.


  19. Ha! i dance walk
    166 miles a month..
    leg press close
    to half a ton
    25 times..
    and i am still
    diagnosed as
    morbidly obese..
    at 230 LBS.. (yes..
    i’m probably shaR
    ing too much2.. heHe..;)
    My father and mother
    both live(ed) past
    80.. never
    an exercise
    and mostly
    obese as well..
    Life is fun when
    enjoyed.. i’ll never
    fully trust a practice
    of medicine again.. now
    as happy comes within..
    pounds or
    not.. with SMiLes..
    LesSon finAlly
    lEarned from
    mother alWays
    happy and
    zero fear
    for living great!..
    Truly the practice of
    medicine is an average effect
    of the population as whole.. there
    are outliers
    average doctor
    ODDs.. WiNks..:)


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