Saturday, November 14, 2009

'The Woman I Am'

Though the words of Glen Allen, in this poem, are obviously gender-specific … experience has taught me that the life-dynamics, so beautifully articulated, are all-gender inclusive.


The WOMAN I am
Hides deep in me
Beneath the woman
I seem to be.

She hides away
From the stranger’s eye –
She is not known
To the passers-by.

She goes her way
The woman I seem,
But the woman I am
Withdraws to dream!

The woman I seem
Goes carelessly –
When love goes by
Does not seem to see.

But the woman I am
Knows sudden fear …
And hides more deeply
When love draws near!

For love might look closely,
Perhaps … and see
Her, beneath the woman
I seem to be!



Anonymous said...

JM that is lovely & yes gender inclusive we can all see ourselves in that writing. I did. Thank you!

John-Michael said...

I am so pleased, Dear Anonymous Friend, that this lovely little bit of poetic introspection found a place in your Spirit. This satisfies my desire to be not only your loving Servant, but caring Friend, as well.

Lovingly ...

Suza said...

Trying again... ;-)

This honours the shadows and lights of what it means to be a woman. It truly resonates with me. I, in turn, stand up with strength and look life straight in the eye... and timidly look with downcast eyes...

You're right - it spoke to you and it speaks to me... so it must be inclusive! Thank you for this, John-Michael... xox

lime said...

ah yes, i suspect anonymous is correct in that many men may see themselves here as well.

how many of us recoil from love when it is offered for so many reasons? a feeling of unworthiness, fear of loosing what is offered, any number of other things.

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