Just a woman

Just a woman

A Chapter by Ana Papaya
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Remember me, just like this
  calm and composed
      dressed in my best

no one knows what true colours I wear
      my dress on the inside
the one that laces my pride

the mud of trenches
    caked upon memories of skin
oh, and let's not forget
    the colour of her lipstick
  smudged marks on your collar

 filling the cracks in my heart
    like a tragic work of art

I'll not be remembered 
  the way you would portray 

    paint me ~ the lines on my face
my strength
    my grace

trace the vision in my eyes
    you can see in them ~ time
  marked by wrinkles old as trees

remember me
  as I was meant to be

just a woman
    only everything
  
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© 2020 Ana Papaya


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... I immediately thought of Mr Robert Zimmerman's song 'Just Like a Woman' when I saw your title .. I was not disappointed upon reading the body of the poem itself ..

I think you have captured the very essence of the strong, survivor woman that has always stood out from the crowd and commands respect from all because of her inner beauty, strength and resolve ...

............ Neville :)


Posted 10 Months Ago


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Ana Papaya

10 Months Ago

Hi Neville, thank you much for a comment most kind.
:)
Neville

10 Months Ago


... a belated, most welcome Ana :)



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WOW, a write of empowerment, Ana. A write that says, "I am much more than you see on the outside." Fantastic! You are a strong independent woman and it screams out in every line of this one. Lydi**

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Ana Papaya

9 Months Ago


From one strong woman to another, thank you!
:)
This is poetry dear Ana.
"paint me ~ the lines on my face
my strength
my grace"
I loved the complete poem and the above lines were my favorite. Woman become more beautiful with time in my eyes. Thank you for sharing the outstanding poetry.
Coyote


Posted 10 Months Ago


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Ana Papaya

10 Months Ago

I agree, with you. Thank you Coyote. :)
Coyote Poetry

10 Months Ago

You are welcome dear Ana.
"just a woman", "only everything".... you know Ana, no woman is a "just" or "only" and certainly not you either... I understand the meaning behind these words, I guess I want to say, isn't "a woman, everything" more at the heart of our/your humanity??? while just and only makes a woman lesser than she truly is... through out the poem you make it very clear the strengths and pains that a woman faces and yes overcomes, it's a really great poem, as you have this creative way to bring out the readers emotions in your writings...
a woman, a man, it is the social ethos down through the ages that has us all screwed up about who and what we are down deep.... human beings conscious and capable of almost anything... together we hold up the sky!!!

Posted 10 Months Ago


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Ana Papaya

10 Months Ago

Thank you, again. You summed it up so well.
And yes, together we hold up the sky. Well said.. read more
Just a woman eh?
I started off being remembered by the title of playground tales of "You can't do that, you're just a girl!" Luckily for me, I was not the one looking on the ground for his teeth, as I was still quiet like a mouse back then. My sarcasm chip wasn't added to later.
Then who is it you shout for whenn knee is scraped or dreams are bad? Yep, Mum, aka, cook, cleaner, protector, diary planner, driver, supporter.... Then we kinda grow up and you sometimes let us fall in love with you and we get married and live happily ever after, or until the guy opens his mouth again. (We rarely learn)
Oh yeah, and you make ALL the people too! So yeah, just awoman.
I should now mention a few of mens flaws too, just to even it out, but I heard what I was gonna say in my head and I concede victory to the "fairer" sex.
Ps... Come the revolution, please don't kill me.
Another pretty damn fine write once more Ana....for a woman 🤐
I am so sorry, I just couldn't not say it. 😀

Posted 10 Months Ago


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Ana Papaya

10 Months Ago

Thanks for the appreciation Lorry. :)
Come the revolution, you'll be spared.
Nice dig.. read more
Lorry

10 Months Ago

Phew! I stopped a few minutes ago and had a psychic scene of a woman doing the dead eye headshake at.. read more
I will do it! this is the sort of poem that makes me so happy to hear from the feminine perspective and one that I agree with... with all of my heart and truly believe that is the only way to be anything less is just destructive and shallow and the root of inequality

Posted 10 Months Ago


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Ana Papaya

10 Months Ago

Thanks Bunny. :) I agree, obviously. :) We should build ourselves up,not crumble.
I thought music here too Ana. I thought I will survive, an anthem for women who have suffered at the hands of 'orrible men. Thank goodness they aren' t all tarred with the same brush. You grow stronger as a result of the knocks in life. Adds character too. Yes, we hide inside what we truly feel and put on a brave face.

Chris

Posted 10 Months Ago


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Ana Papaya

10 Months Ago

Thanks Chris. So cool that some awesome songs have come to mind with this. I will survive, such a .. read more
"Only everything" is a hell of a thing to be.
Not disputing, just observing.
It's also a very poignant pairing of words.

Posted 10 Months Ago


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Ana Papaya

10 Months Ago

Thanks, chocolate. :)
I always appreciate the kindness you express for my words.
The definition of a woman beautiful inside out just comes through with your words. Kudos!

Posted 10 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Ana Papaya

10 Months Ago

Good morning, P.
Thanks so much. :)
Just a woman.... with arms that entwine the
smallest tear and the more mature. The warmth of a
Peach with fuzzy cheeks and waiting to whisper...
"Be still and listen to the Whippoorwill".
So tender and true. gently, Pat

Posted 10 Months Ago


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Ana Papaya

10 Months Ago

Thank you for those lovely words, Pat. :)
You caught me with this posting
I thought you were well away to cottage land
However
I see here a woman of experience, both good and less so, in a take it as it is facade
Truth is I don't know what a facade is and in an attempt to sound like an intelligent reviewer I may have just put my foot in my mouth
But no lipstick
Ms. P :)

Posted 10 Months Ago


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Ana Papaya

10 Months Ago

I posted this poem this morning before I hit the road.
Your reviews are thoughtful and appr.. read more

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