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Imagine A Woman

Imagine a Woman

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 wisdom. Who refuses to use her 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

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19 responses

  1. Renee Braunstein

    That was great and very thought provoking.

    February 17, 2012 at 10:14 AM

    • Glad you like it Renee. Had not read it in a while – always love it!

      February 17, 2012 at 11:15 AM

  2. dianne - life as i see it

    very beautiful poem, very powerful and inspiring words. thx ;o)

    February 18, 2012 at 5:08 PM

    • Thank you so much Diane… I agree! xo

      September 26, 2012 at 12:08 PM

  3. So glad you liked it dianne… resonated with me as well and was nice to revisit it!

    February 18, 2012 at 5:37 PM

  4. Tara

    Love this Robyn… especially for some reason “Who is reminded of the truth about herself when she forgets”.

    February 24, 2012 at 11:25 PM

    • That is a favorite line for me too Tara! Just have always felt connected to this piece. Have a copy framed in my own room – and both daughters have copies too. Glad it resonated with you as well:)xo

      February 25, 2012 at 12:01 AM

  5. Robyn, I do see the similarities between the photo I posted and your balck and white, the mouth, jaw line, etc so…your real name is really Maude Fealy and your an American Actress? 🙂

    July 18, 2012 at 7:43 PM

    • LOL… Shhh don’t tell anyone 🙂

      July 18, 2012 at 8:13 PM

      • Your secret is safe with me!

        July 18, 2012 at 9:54 PM

      • 😉 Thank you…know it is!

        July 18, 2012 at 10:01 PM

  6. Yes! My favorite line is at the end too! I had to share this on my FB page…LOVE IT!

    August 15, 2012 at 1:00 AM

    • So happy you found this inspiring enough to post on FB Little L. I come back to it time and time again. Just affirms so much for us…very grateful someone shared it with me many years ago and I can pass it on here. Much Love your way ~ and thank you so much 🙂 x

      August 15, 2012 at 1:03 AM

  7. Dear Robyn, there is no man in this world that you ebi expressed his high regard for the words said here, amazed and honored by the beauty of these verses, I need to say something about this poem
    “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. “Your value of these verses does not lie in the fact that she was speaking of the heart, one strong person, and if in this work occupies a high rank lingvinističkog and thoughtful expression, but in the knowledge that her internal structure is symmetrical plunge into the depth of the image you leave word magine a woman …… and by this mystery, at the very beginning of the narrative draws the reader into the world of poetry slikea eloquent that exquisitely managed a thank you for the beautiful poem.
    maxima with love

    September 28, 2012 at 1:36 PM

    • Thank you so much dearest Maxima… I was drawn to this poem for the very reasons you point out… It is an empowering piece and really gets to the heart of the woman who embraces her true self and her feminine nature. I am so thrilled you also appreciate it so much… Appreciation and Love – R

      September 28, 2012 at 9:32 PM

  8. Good to hear this, funny what we put away and then something will spark the memory and then all those forgotten things will come racing back in. I did see her with reddish brown hair (of course I did, maybe you and I should just speak to each other telepathically lol, my pleasure always Robyn, especially with you, take care of you and have a super duper weekend (as you can). 🙂 xx

    October 6, 2012 at 11:17 AM

  9. Thanks Penny – yes – I bet we could go the telepathic route! No question! xxoo 🙂

    October 6, 2012 at 11:51 AM

  10. This resonates so much for me at this point in my life. Imagine! Loved it!

    April 6, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    • Thank you De – this was an old treasured piece I have felt an affinity toward…. shared with my daughters when they were in that “middle-school” phase of life…:) So happy it resonated for you too… So much Love ~ RL

      April 6, 2013 at 1:00 PM

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