Friday, October 7, 2011

Warrior-Woman

Every morning I start my day
wishing I could find a better way.
Then I dream my time away and stay up all night.
And when I watch the sun through the falling rain,
I feel the time has come for me to make a change.
Gotta get myself arranged, Lord knows I try.

And, my conscience cuts me like a knife.
Hear me cry spare me my life.
Peace it seems to come so slow.
I'm at war with me wherever I go.

I try so hard to understand,
but I'm up to my neck in shifting sands.
If I can't meet my demands, I guess the fault is mine.
Moving backward if I move at all.
I try to run; I've been taught to crawl.
I bare my back for the whip to fall; it proves I'm alive.

And, my conscience cuts me like a knife.
Hear me cry spare me my life.
Peace it seems to come so slow.
I'm at war with me wherever I go.

It takes too little to make me bleed,
too much to stop my pain.
It's funny even the simple things get complicated just the same.
I get real pleased with myself sometimes.
It lasts for a day or two.
But in the end I'm never good enough
no matter what I do.

And, my conscience cuts me like a knife.
Hear me cry spare me my life.
Peace it seems to come so slow.
I'm at war with me wherever I go.

This is an old piece that I reworked a bit for the "Name" prompt at Imaginary Garden with Real Toads.  My first name is Irish in origin and means "warrior" or "warrior-woman."


If you're interested, here's a snippet of what the original sounded like.


video

14 comments:

Laurie Kolp said...

In the end I'm never good enough no matter what I do... I can relate to that. I like the repitition of the same verse throughout. Thanks for taking part in Real Toads.

Kerry O'Connor said...

My second name means Warrior-Woman.. so I know exactly where you're coming from. What it is to be one of the 'Fighting Irish'.. we must take it as a blessing rather than a curse :)

Claudia said...

this sounds so familiar...i'm improving though...and my second name means pearl...smiles

Lydia said...

The poem has a lot of personal power to it. I like it. And whoa! mama! Is that you singing the song? Great voice and what gorgeous hair. :)

Fireblossom said...

Well, it's in the contract. "Tortured" artist. I mean really, when was the last time you heard about a "contented artist"? It's an oxymoron, like "compassionate Republican."

And just for the record, I love your name.

Mary said...

I agree with Kerry. "Warrior Woman" should be a blessing rather than a curse. Warrior women can 'move mountains.'

ayala said...

Beautiful write.

Fred said...

That's an awesome meaning to have. My name means peaceful ruler- but not really, Frederick means that, but I'm just fred so I really don't know- maybe peace-lol Great write. Lots of great lines in here, especially the chorus. Not sure if that's you performing in the video or not, but it's very good either way.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Warrior Woman is a TERRIFIC name! Wow. I resonated with your poem, as I remember that part of the journey very well. The repeated stanzas work very well. Great write.

ab said...

Is that you belting out the tune? If so, I vote you post more performances! Great song and poem :)

Daydreamertoo said...

All women are warrior women by virtue of simply being a woman.It takes a warrior to do what we women do and survive.
A lovely, write MZ~! Great voice too!

Kay L. Davies said...

This is great. I sure know how the simple things get complicated.
I agree with Sherry, I think Warrior Woman is a wonderful name, and this is a wonderful poem.

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie’s Guide to Adventurous Travel

Eric 'Bubba' Alder said...

Keep fighting, warrior woman.

Ella said...

I can relate to the war with me, but Warrior Woman you can endure this battle and win~ :D Powerful prose~