To My Chubby Funny Girls

By Vanessa Quintero

you make jokes
and people think you are one

people say things to you and assume you don’t feel them
they assume your reaction to their words is just part of your act,
how can you take things seriously if you’re funny?
you make jokes
you are a joke

you’re not allowed to have feelings if you decide to be funny
you’re not allowed to have serious opinions if you make people laugh
you make jokes
you are a joke

you don’t need love
you never wanted it
the reason people don’t try to hit on you
or set you up with their friends is because
“you don’t seem like you’d want love”
or “you’re too funny for a boyfriend”
you make jokes
you are a joke

people don’t take you seriously
because you’re never serious
you’re always joking
and everyone knows it, don’t they?
no, you don’t have emotions,
you make jokes
you are a joke

yet no one considers why you’re funny in the first place
to add value to your otherwise revolting existence
to distract people from your lonjas and double chin
to beat them to the fat joke that was inevitable anyway
if you’re not beautiful, then you’d better be funny

ain’t that a joke?

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