Friday, April 2, 2010

Imagine A Woman

Since 1995, the "Imagine a Woman" poem has circled the globe, inspiring books, screenplays, videos, life transitions, professional portfolios, ministries, coaching practices, relationships, virtual communities, social networks, and organizational missions. This year Imagine a Woman International is celebrating the poem's 15th year anniversary with a new website and new programs and opportunities for personal growth and professional enhancement. You're invited to the "Imagine a Woman" poem's 15th Birthday Party throughout April at We'll be partying all month so get your party clothes on, invite your friends, and come on over.

I came upon this website after jogging from one blog to another like a frog on lily pads. There is a lot going on at the site. I have read the poem before. Still I'm kind of surprised it's been around for 15 years. There is a second version of the poem at the website. I particularly like this one, especially the last verse which reminds me of the power of my women friends. Read and enjoy.

Imagine a Woman I

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 and life.

Imagine a woman who trusts and respects herself.
A woman who listens to her needs and desires.
Who meets them with tenderness and grace.

Imagine 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 behalf.
Who refuses to surrender except to her truest self and wisest voice.

Imagine a woman who names her own gods.
A woman who imagines the divine in her image and likeness.
Who designs a personal spirituality to inform her daily life.

Imagine 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.

Imagine 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.
Who is reminded of the truth about herself when she forgets.

Imagine yourself as this woman.

“Imagine a Woman” © Patricia Lynn Reilly, 1995

Wishing for you the beauty, grace and truth of womanhood,

Merry ME

P.S. I maybe be a strong, powerful woman but I have absolutely no idea what is up with the font size and line spacing on this post. I really need to get to the Apple store for some instruction in how to tame this user-friendly computer!


Fire Byrd said...

Good poem, had never heard of it before.
But sums up a lot of women especially those of us of a certain age who are happier with ourselves than ever we used to be!

Anonymous said...

How is it that I have not read this poem before? It is wonderful. I am reading a book called Half the Sky making reference to an old Chinese proverb that women hold up half the sky all of which fit right in with Imagine A woman month and the poem.

When you read the poem over and over, several phrases pop out and speak. It is a great message. Now I will go to the website.lg

AkasaWolfSong said...

I seem to remember reading this poem before...and I think it speaks for many women, and its message is certainly speaking to me, Mary...

I will check the site out!

Very Powerful....