To be at home in one’s fat, fierce body,
Is a pretty complicated business.
To be a body is to embody,
What can sometimes be so hard to witness.
Dearest Katherine knows the trials and tests,
Of learning to move in a world of shame,
Of sizeist bullying and loud protests.
Listen to Katherine, hear them exclaim!
It will not make you thinner, or faster.
It will unfurl with energy and glee,
With stories of laughter and disaster.
You will run, jump and have afternoon tea.
The avid world of magic and metaphor,
Lifts the fat stigma and levels the shore.
Created from published material about McMahon’s performance, ‘Fat Kid Running’,
By Francesca Brown