woman, we were girls together

we were girls together
sitting on your bed
humming the music on vinyl
I still snap to

being 17 together
drawing college applications
like tarot cards
hovering our fingers over choices
& hoping for the best
of all possible outcomes

I want to know where
you left that girl stranded
pushed out of the car
you were driving too fast
so you could start looking outside yourself
for what you think you need

I need to know when
you started believing magazine definitions
of who you should be
which scales
to measure yourself by
& whose exchange
to trade your heart on

because that girl I remember
knew her own value
far more
than the woman you became


About Susan L Daniels

I am a firm believer that politics are personal, that faith is expressed through action, and that life is something that must be loved and lived authentically--or why bother with any of it?
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32 Responses to woman, we were girls together

  1. boomiebol says:

    I like this a lot!!!

  2. davidtrudel says:

    So many of those friends
    We thought they were so plugged in
    Turned out they had feet of clay
    They turned their backs and walked away
    Moved on to the status quo
    Cause that was always so much more
    And let them feel good
    About their lives and such
    Even though it isn’t much
    And they don’t want to know
    What’s really going on today
    Or join in the fray
    They’d rather just walk away
    No vested interest, anyway

  3. Green Speck says:

    Walking back in time … loved this piece 🙂

  4. Anne says:

    God – this is so good. Really really true.

  5. nelle says:

    Interesting one that sorta kinda hits me hard. Sometimes it works in reverse.

  6. Trent Lewin says:

    I dig it. So sad though.

  7. Jeremy Nathan Marks says:

    I really do appreciate this poem, especially how you flip the “conventional wisdom” that young women are more vulnerable to doubt and to “losing themselves” than so-called “mature adults.”

    And, as usual, you have a way of making us feel like we are right there, a part of what is happening.

  8. “Magazine definitions” – so true. I think we all know people like this.

  9. doncarroll says:

    nice piece on the reflective of growing pains perhaps.

  10. George Ellington says:

    Very touching, Susan. Sad and beautiful.

  11. Deborah Avila says:

    Ever moved to my core!

  12. Aw! A heavy nostalgic trip! 🙂

  13. I feel sad reading this. So evocative for me.

  14. unfetteredbs says:

    Susan– this is wonderfully written. Sad that we all have had friendships like this.. you nailed it.

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