becoming (schizophrenic or woman)

it should be
artless, this balance
of welcome
and reserve:
one is not born, but rather
becomes, a woman

she did learn
once what girls study
in school, though
will not testify
and there are no books

written with
intelligence, but
not too much
all at once
because most men like to think
they are our mentors,

her buttons
just open enough
to balance
that tightrope
strung between temptress
and tramp, so practiced

where before
there was beautiful
her face masked
to cover her own hunger
showing too much self

and after
the show is over
her true face
will meet him
unexpectedly, at once
a shining wholeness

inspired by my Broad Blog muse (again), Georgia!

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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30 Responses to becoming (schizophrenic or woman)

  1. Rhonda says:

    I love this. I feel this. I know this. and sometimes i wonder at this. at the core have we gone any distance at all? still the game. still the struggle. but is it a struggle between us and them? or us and us? we become what we must…they become what they are naturally. we beguile, they guile. oh the web…
    (am i out in left field? maybe, but you often put me there..intended or not)

  2. Wow! That sense of balance is expressed to effectively here, Susan.

  3. Green Speck says:

    Just amazing … loved reading the phases !!!

  4. Alice Keys says:

    I read Georgia’s post and felt haunted and troubled, worried about the girls growing up now. “Later”, I thought. “I’ll post on hers later.” And then went on to read yours. You got it. Thanks for being so fleet of pen.

  5. BroadBlogs says:

    Love being a muse for your poetry. Thanks!

  6. The discovery of self, the presentation of that self through partial concealment and disguise, the denial and subduing of emotions…all parts of a socialization into a socially constructed femininity that she works through as she walks towards the “prize” and paying a price for it!
    Great poem, Susan. But what to do? To be or not to be? Zat, Susan is za hansa!

  7. A sense of balance aptly and powerfully described.

  8. Bruce Ruston says:

    Very perfected the sense of held composure is almost palatable

  9. nelle says:

    Nice and thought provoking… mine was a rather late start. WIsh there was a creditable link to Cheryl Wheeler’s Hard Line To Draw, but none exists. 😦

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