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Imagine a Woman by
Patricia Lynn Reilly
>> Imagine a Woman
Imagine a woman in love with herself...
This is the essence of
this short, inspirational poem.
- A famous poem published by Patricia Lynn
Reilly in 1995.
- A poem that has inspired and supported women from around
- A poem that can inspire men, too, to know what it takes to be
a woman, what it takes to be a human being.
- A poem whose theme I believe to be: Women's Self Esteem.
So... can you imagine? I
can, I hope you can too! Enjoy...
Poems - Imagine a Woman
What Patricia Lynn Reilly has to say...
Imagine a woman who believes
it is right and good she is a woman.
A woman who honors her experience and
tells her stories.
Who refuses to carry the sins of others within her body
Imagine a woman who trusts and respects herself.
A woman who
listens to her needs and desires.
Who meets them with tenderness and grace.
a woman who acknowledges the past's influence on the present.
A woman who has
walked through her past.
Who has healed into the present.
Imagine a woman
who authors her own life.
A woman who exerts, initiates, and moves on her own
Who refuses to surrender except to her truest self and wisest voice.
a woman who names her own gods.
A woman who imagines the divine in her image
Who designs a personal spirituality to inform her daily life.
a woman in love with her own body.
A woman who believes her body is enough,
just as it is.
Who celebrates its rhythms and cycles as an exquisite resource.
a woman who honors the body of the Goddess in her changing body.
A woman who
celebrates the accumulation of her years and her wisdom.
Who refuses to use
her life-energy disguising the changes in her body and life.
Imagine a woman
who values the women in her life.
A woman who sits in circles of women.
is reminded of the truth about herself when she forgets.
as this woman.
© Patricia Lynn Reilly,
All rights reserved. Presented with permission of the author.
- This poem is printed with permission of the author,
Patricia Lynn Reilly. Patricia tells me that "in 2015, the poem celebrates
20 years of inspiring women to return home to their own wisdom and truth".
So it's great to be able to share it here.
- I first heard this
poem recited at an intimate 'ceremony' that was celebrating a rites of passage:
a woman's 50th birthday. And even though the poem is about women, or what it means
to be a woman, the love and wisdom in it shone through to me as a man. And that's
why I asked Patricia if I could reprint the poem, here!
- This poem discusses
important issues like body image and self
image and self-esteem - issues that are relevant
to all of us. Or if you'd like to investigate the themes that this poem covers then Ask Women Net provides real tips for real life
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