The First Nutritionist
They weighed me there,
told me my body was like a car
requiring fuel, explaining energy equations like a college chemistry class
My mother sat
food pyramids and charts;
considering calories, nutrition labels, ingredient lists
studying the facts and figures
As if she wasn’t the one who taught me how to count.
As if she wasn’t the one who taught me how to read.
Julia Rudlaff is a third-year student at Michigan State University studying English with a creative writing concentration and geoscience. Julia has been writing poetry since middle school and loves experimenting with form and style. Their work primarily explores themes relating to the body, memories, and family relationships. Julia’s work is currently showcased as part of the CREATE! Microgrants exhibits from MSU’s College of Arts and Letters.