Mrs Atlas

Atlas held up the world, the legend goes.

But the woman kept it turning ’round.

Adam named the animals and plants.

Eve midwifed and weeded the garden.
Jewish legend says the man is the house head.

Woman is the heart that keeps him alive.
Men went to war, fought for peace and freedom.

Women kept the home and hearth waiting.
Her hand rocks the cradle and rules the world.

His hand holds hers and together they can reign.
Feminine is more than the sum of a woman’s parts.

Feminine is the quiet voice of intuition and heart.
Celebrate her in corsetted glory, or in fierce battle array.

Celebrate her cradling babe or walking alone in life.

Celebrate her in all the ways that are woman.

Dancing under the moon and stars, basking in the sun.
Woman is more than all you can dream of or see.

Woman is all of us, forever, woven together a tapestry.
Part II

 

I saw a lovely dress, just the other day.

I wish I could wear it somewhere special.

Then I laughed! Laughed so hard I cried.

Cows, horses, dogs and little boys don’t care

if Mama is dressed up pretty and fair.

 

They only care that you are there, to love and play.
I am a woman, with some dignity and a bit of grace.

I can work hard beside my man, and still be a Mama.

Realizing that feminine doesn’t mean ornamental

but rather it means being fully alive each day.

Smiling I put on my work clothes and we go

to get dirty, have fun, work hard and live loud.
I want my son and husband to see the feminine.

No doubt they need to see the woman that is me.

They need to see more than ‘girl’ or ‘boy’ to know

that we can do, or not do, as we are abled nor gendered!

I can do, or choose not to, because I do.

They can choose to do, or not, because they do.
Being a woman, a lady, is more than clothes or jewels.

It is taming wild beasts or laundry day or dream dragons.

It is dancing with babes, holding hands and listening hard.

We are always more than we at first seem.

As I get older and see through the experienced eyes

I can see how far we have come from the old lies.
Women can be anything they wish to be, except be men.

We can be anything we choose, we should choose wisely.

I could be a ballerina, but I’d be the worst ever seen!

Give me my horse, though, and you’ll see us dance!

Not many dresses in my wardrobe, never any hose!

But make no mistake, here a lady lives and there she goes.

 
For With Real Toads challenge, won’t you stop by and enjoy some other poetry? (http://withrealtoads.blogspot.ca/2012/04/kenias-wednesday-challenge.html)

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27 Comments

  1. shanyns said,

    April 18, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    WordPress is NOT my friend when it comes to keeping formatting…forgive me dear readers for that. Any techie volunteers with an answer can message me! (hopeful hinting! ha ha)

  2. April 18, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    Mrs. Atlas, what a wonderful title. There is so much in this poem from strength to tenderness. You have stated well what it is to be a woman.

    • shanyns said,

      April 18, 2012 at 7:56 pm

      Susie – thank you! So glad you enjoyed your read!

  3. Mary said,

    April 18, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    Yes, ‘woman’ is in all of us…whether we are male or female. And yes, we are always more than we at first seem. Women have depth and breadth and give life!

    • shanyns said,

      April 18, 2012 at 10:58 pm

      Mary – great to see you here. Glad you enjoyed the read and the depth.

  4. April 18, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    She is woman and she is so capable of so much. It’s such a blessing to be exactly where we want to be in this life. You are 🙂
    Wonderful write Shanyn.

    • April 18, 2012 at 9:03 pm

      I love the last line. Its construction delights me, and so does its meaning. Very well done, Shanyn, very, very well done.
      K

      • shanyns said,

        April 18, 2012 at 10:59 pm

        Kay – thank you! Oh your comment does me good today…thank you so much for the encouragement, and I’m so glad you enjoyed the read as well!

    • shanyns said,

      April 18, 2012 at 10:58 pm

      Thank you so much! I was unsure of this write, but your comments and the others encourage me a lot!

  5. April 18, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    but rather it means being fully alive each day.

    This of all is such a great message! Your poetry is just beautiful, Shanyns!

  6. April 18, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    Oh I so enjoyed this…..”feminine is more than the sum of a woman’s parts”…..I love the many aspects of being a woman you have written here……and your last line closes the poem perfectly.

  7. Ruth said,

    April 18, 2012 at 11:15 pm

    loved this listing of and expanding on all the things or ways that women are (and we all know there is so much more, the list is neverending)

    Realizing that feminine doesn’t mean ornamental
    but rather it means being fully alive each day.

    – that’s the sum of it, isn’t it? and the last line is perfection. thank you

    • shanyns said,

      April 19, 2012 at 12:52 pm

      Ruth – you are so right. The list never ends, and is as widely varied as women themselves. Oh I’m so pleased you enjoyed it so much!

  8. April 19, 2012 at 12:23 am

    what a brilliant poem. The rhyming couplet was sublime and through the whole thing, I wanted to cheer you on – yes, yes, yes!!! So much woman, yet you have avoided the stereotypical concept of what it means to be feminine. Smiles and big hugs. 🙂

    • shanyns said,

      April 19, 2012 at 12:57 pm

      Zoe! My sister! Thank you for your encouraging words in this comment. So pleased you enjoyed the poems so much! Wonderful that you stopped by.

  9. Mama Zen said,

    April 19, 2012 at 12:50 am

    “Eve midwifed and weeded the garden.”

    Amen, sister!

  10. ella said,

    April 19, 2012 at 1:14 am

    Wow, this was amazing! I love the woven tapestry part and these lines:
    “Feminine is the quiet voice of intuition and heart.
    Celebrate her in corsetted glory, or in fierce battle array.”

    You expressed the essence of woman so well~ Loved it!

    • shanyns said,

      April 19, 2012 at 12:53 pm

      Ella – thank you! So pleased you enjoyed these two so much. Great to see you here.

  11. Margaret said,

    April 19, 2012 at 2:01 am

    I saw a lovely dress, just the other day.
    I wish I could wear it somewhere special.
    Then I laughed! Laughed so hard I cried.
    Cows, horses, dogs and little boys don’t care
    if Mama is dressed up pretty and fair

    … and you continued with words just as lovely, ones that made me smile. I totally loved this poem from the heart.

    The first poem was amazing, obviously given a lot of thought and I might just print it out and stick it in my bible! 🙂 (with your name given credit, of course)

    • shanyns said,

      April 19, 2012 at 12:54 pm

      Margaret – Oh wow…I’m so pleased you enjoyed the poems this much! Of course I’m totally honoured that you would print off my poetry and put it in such a precious place. Thank you my dear!

  12. April 19, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    So much wisdom in your words, Shanyn. I found these words to ring with truth:

    Realizing that feminine doesn’t mean ornamental

    but rather it means being fully alive each day.

    • shanyns said,

      April 19, 2012 at 12:55 pm

      Kerry – thank you! So glad you enjoyed the poems. Wonderful!

  13. Laurie Kolp said,

    April 19, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    I adore the first part and this line from the second part is amazing-

    feminine doesn’t mean ornamental
    but rather it means being fully alive each day.

    • shanyns said,

      April 19, 2012 at 6:06 pm

      Laurie – thank you so much! I’m so pleased you found some enjoyable bits in both. Glad you stopped by.


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