MAYA SARAH WISLAWA

She-logy Series: Powerful and inspiring female poets

MAYA ANGELOU

“Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size   
But when I start to tell them,
They think I’m telling lies.
I say,
It’s in the reach of my arms,
The span of my hips,   
The stride of my step,   
The curl of my lips.   
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,   
That’s me.”
Listen to the complete poem recited by Maya here (YouTube video).

SARAH KAY

“If I should have a daughter…”Instead of “Mom”, she’s gonna call me “Point B”. Because that way, she knows that no matter what happens, at least she can always find her way to me. And I’m going to paint the solar system on the back of her hands so that she has to learn the entire universe before she can say “Oh, I know that like the back of my hand.”

“Baby,” I’ll tell her “remember your mama is a worrier but your papa is a warrior and you are the girl with small hands and big eyes who never stops asking for more.”

“Remember that good things come in threes and so do bad things and always apologize when you’ve done something wrong but don’t you ever apologize for the way your eyes refuse to stop shining.”

“Your voice is small but don’t ever stop singing and when they finally hand you heartbreak, slip hatred and war under your doorstep and hand you hand-outs on street corners of cynicism and defeat, you tell them that they really ought to meet your mother.”

For the complete poem, watch her TedTalk speech here.


WISLAWA SZYMBORSKA

“She must be a variety.
Change so that nothing will change.
It’s easy, impossible, tough going, worth a shot.
Her eyes are, as required, deep blue, gray,
dark, merry, full of pointless tears.
She sleeps with him as if she’s first in line or the only one on earth.
She’ll bear him four children, no children, one.
Naive, but gives the best advice.
Weak, but takes on anything.
A screw loose and tough as nails.
Curls up with Jaspers or Ladies’ Home Journal.
Can’t figure out this bolt and builds a bridge.
Young, young as ever, still looking young.
Holds in her hands a baby sparrow with a broken wing,
her own money for some trip far away,
a meat cleaver, a compress, a glass of vodka.
Where’s she running, isn’t she exhausted.
Not a bit, a little, to death, it doesn’t matter.
She must love him, or she’s just plain stubborn.
For better, for worse, for heaven’s sake.”

-Portrait of a Woman (translated to English

Wislawa is a Nobel Prize winning Polish poet. (Wikipedia profile)

SHE-LOGY is a blog project open to everyone who is interested to celebrate women this whole month of March. If you’re reading this, I extend that invitation to you to contribute post/s about the women you’d like to honor. You can email me at silverliningmama@gmail.com. Thank you for reading this.

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15 thoughts on “MAYA SARAH WISLAWA

  1. Haha, more games than I can play. I think I’m almost done with the campaign. Coming up with different stateegirs and applying them takes too much time when I try it against the computer outside of campaign mode lol. Nice, RE5 and you play with you wife as well. She must not be afraid of scary stuff then ^^.

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  2. Hallo ,nicht schlecht emacht. Du wirst ja immer besser.Die bilder sind euchr schön geworden.Hut ab!c¶!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!S!hÃ!nen gruß an Hans . Sind leider stark im Stress ( Bastian’s Hochzeit.) .Schönen Sontag noch Gruß von dn Heidel’s

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