To be a woman

To be a woman
Is pain
And beauty.

To be a woman is to stand tall
And stay as soft as the breeze.

To be a woman
Is to love the tender touch
And sometimes dig your high heels in and say, “No More”
And sometimes spy the thing you want and draw it to you;
At others, lose the lead of life and laugh
And change your mind,
And change your mood,
As often as you change your dress.

To be a woman is to care for all of life
And for yourself no less.

To be a woman is to be the moon,
Illuminate the darkest night
And sometimes slip behind a cloud.

To be a woman is to sing the song of life
And sing it proud!

To be a woman is to play and dream and tease
And sometimes just to rest and be at ease
And sometimes wait,
Without the need to act,
And give another space to share their woes
And sometimes use no words
And soothe the world with biscuits, tea and hugs.

To be a woman means you get to eat
This chocolate cake
And maybe that one too.

To be a woman is to run through fields of grass
And giggle,
As you tumble on your arse.

To be a woman not by anyone’s decree
But by your own truth
Learn what women be.

To be a woman
Makes you a goddess
And warrior and mother and princess.

You women, now I give this verse to you,
For only you can tell if this be true.

(Lyndi Smith, April 2011)

Listen to an mp3 version of me reading To be a woman

2 thoughts on “To be a woman

  1. beautiful, ahhhh makes me remember how wonderful it is to be a woman! 🙂 lots of love to my yogini clown sister xx

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