Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Scissors

I have scissors.
I have shame.
I snip a lock
for each thing I'm not
and let my faults fall thick
upon the floor

till I'm surely shorn.

But my mirror tells a different tale.
Instead of skull, thin skinned and pale,
I see tresses thick and black
long buried beneath the veil of lack-
luster borrowed hair I'd wear
to help me hide and disappear.

And (my God!), I finally see
what a beauty I could be
if I could finally free myself
from trying to be like someone else.


A watershed moment . . . for any woman (or man) . . . submitted to Midweek Motif at Poets United.

22 comments:

Sanaa Rizvi said...

Your poem is so touching..! Beautifully executed :D

Susan said...

I would have liked to be there to experience this watershed. I wish it for everyone, especially every woman, but everyone.

Sylvia K said...

Beautiful as always, MZ, and as always, a great way to start my day! Thank you!! Hope your week is going well!!

Helen said...

When it happens, a watershed moment like yours means freedom from whatever society tells us we should be. Great poem.

Buddah Moskowitz said...

Loved the naked honesty and ultimately, the self-acceptance.

Gail said...

Wow. WOW!

If only we all could see...

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Oh, wow, Mama Zen - but how can you not know you are absolutely gorgeous??????? I relate to the hiding beneath our hair, my bangs are like a sheepdog's, LOL....I resonate with the faults falling to the floor. Very cool.

Mary said...

Acceptance and love of self takes time, I think.
You ARE beautiful, you know. Smiles.

Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

Yes, that's a great watershed moment which hopefully we all come to sooner or later, in our own ways.

Fireblossom said...

You have no idea how special you really are.

Sumana Roy said...

ah...to be our own self...beautiful...

Gillena Cox said...

oh that cutting locks and shedding, i deeply emphatize with; a soul searching write

much love...

Old Egg said...

How true this is as we are better at being ourselves than trying to be what we are not.

Sioux said...

Holy cow! So short and yet so powerful (and true).

annell said...

https://thedianerehmshow.org/shows/2015-08-20/the-100th-anniversary-of-robert-frosts-poem-the-road-not-taken

I hope you will enjoy.

I've often wondered, at the arrogance, of a person thinking he could think up a better one than he is. I like you just as you are....

Marcoantonio Arellano said...

these words and concept resonates well within me

Hannah said...

Goosebumps. This is such a powerful - relate-able poem, MZ. Well done.

Audrey Howitt aka Divalounger said...

This is a wow for me---

G L Meisner said...

Realizing that we are beautiful in and of ourselves is an important moment.

Marion Lawless said...

I love you just the way you are. You have a beautiful mind, heart & soul. (I've never seen your face, but I'm sure it's luminous.) xo

Leslie Moon said...

A great revelation MZ - the moment when we can cut away the expectations of other people (how about cutting their hair?)

Nicholas V said...

How very true! So many people never have that watershed moment and die pretending to be someone they are not... Well-penned!