Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Poets United Midweek Motif ~ Honoring Woman/Women's Achievements

Still-Life with Bouquet of Flowers and Plums
by 
Rachel Ruysch (1664–1750) wikidata:Q234385






“For most of history, Anonymous was a woman.” 
― Virginia Woolf

And if it means so little to you that you can just give it away, hand it to him, then why should it mean any more to him? He can't value you more than you value yourself.” 
― Toni MorrisonSong of Solomon







Midweek Motif ~ Honoring 
Woman/Women's Achievements


Saturday, March 8th is International Woman's Day.
Is gender equality an issue in your life?  
How have you been influenced by a woman or women?  
(This is an opportunity to write of a specific woman.) 


This week I am inspired by women in my life: Mom, Grandmother, aunts, cousins, friends, teachers, students, actors, directors, journalists, novelists, playwrights, and poets. Also Marie Curie, Harriet Tubman, Sonja Heni, Sojourner Truth, Marian Anderson, Amelia Earhart, Gloria Steinem, Rosa Parks, Maria in West Side Story, Mary Poppins, Queen Elizabeth I, Golda Meir, Indira Gandhi, Lily Tomlin, Katharine Hepburn, Ellen Stewart, Elizabeth Swados, Joni Mitchell, Meg Christian, Laurie Anderson, Oprah Winfrey, Helen Caldicott, Hilary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi, Eleanor Roosevelt, Simone de Beauvoir and many many others including poets among YOU.  

Here's one by the American Dorothy Parker who delighted to shock her world:

                    Indian Summer 
“In youth, it was a way I had,  
To do my best to please.
And change, with every passing lad
To suit his theories.

But now I know the things I know
And do the things I do,
And if you do not like me so,
To hell, my love, with you.”              
                               ― The Complete Poems of Dorothy Parker


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(Our next Midweek Motif will be "The Ides of March" or Prescience)

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41 comments:

  1. I fixed Mr. Kinky and took out a blank piece of paper to write my poem and I am still waiting for words to come. Too many ideas! Maybe that list of names above IS my poem? Just kidding! I'll be showing up with a poem and more flowers to celebrate.

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    1. LOL....glad that Mr. Kinky is fixed. Wouldn't want the likes of him hanging around.

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  2. good morning susan...
    not sure if i will be able to write...dad is doing better, i am just wiped out...ha...
    mr kinky...snort...you gave me a good chuckle...

    do they have a men's achievement day? i wonder...

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    1. Cackle! Freudian slip? Notice how close the K and the L are on the keyboard!

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    2. Every day is men's achievement day. But when/if the balance is ever tipped, we should set up a day and a month. For now, let's continue to emphasize Fathers Day and Fathers.

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    3. Brian... so glad to hear your dad is improving. You've had quite a week. Get some rest!

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    4. Another cool prompt, Susan. Brian, am relieved to know your dad is improving and yes, you will be exhausted. Take a nap if you get the chance.

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  3. Ooooh! I like this one. Have class today, but will do my best to get back here this evening!

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  4. What a wonderful idea to write about Susan...as to Mr.Kinky :D I want to add that I posted this same poem on another site and used my maiden name by mistake...don't know what Freud has to say about that :)

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    1. Cackle, again! Oh the joy this prompt has produced already. I don't know what the maiden name means when you have gone by another for years and years--but the poem is beautiful. it is possible that we can adopt the name we need when we need it.

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  5. Nice prompt, Susan. I am working on mine and will have it up by later today.

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    1. I have had a merry recurring laugh about Mr. Linky. Tears in the corner of my eyes. I have to catch up on reading everywhere today and look forward to spending some time at your blog.

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  6. Looks great! I'll get back to writing sometime later today, and post it when i get the time! :)

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  7. Wow! If the three poems I have read so far are any indication, this prompt is bringing forth some fantastic writing on one of my fave topics.........looking forward to reading them all, will be back in a bit.......

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    1. Have a Very fine day. Thank you for taking part.

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  8. Just a haiku today. Happy Women's Day ahead! :)xx

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    1. Glad you are here. Thinking about your poem.

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  9. Linked my poem now, enjoy! will read through others later on in the day! :)

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  10. Susan,

    My thoughts rested with familial influences:)

    Eileen

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  11. I love the Dorothy Parker poem...right up my alley.

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    1. Great! I see a little of it in your poem!

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  12. Feeling small on the same page with such talent I gave it a shot. Thanks for the opportunity.

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    1. Thank you, Gail, for your poem and for visiting mine too.

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  13. After a day of great reading and writing, I'm going to sleep for the night. I'll see more of your poems in the morning. I know a few male poets are celebrating a woman or two in poetry as well.

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    1. This prompt will be open through Saturday, International Women's Day.

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  14. Linking to one from 2008. It's more a sketch of my subject than an homage, but I do think and hope my admiration for both her talent and courage is at least implied.

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  15. Good topic! Mine is up at: http://purplepeninportland.wordpress.com/rosa-parks-are-you-out-there/

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    1. Purple! Glad you are back. Please put your link in the linky. Just take this link and put it above and hit enter. It's very easy. In the comments, few will see it!

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  16. Hello Susan! A beautiful prompt! I posted my poem today as I wanted it to be on International Women's Day. I will link to the Poetry Pantry as well tomorrow. Thanks for the inspiration! :)

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    1. (I shared it to Facebook, but a day late.)

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    2. Wow, thanks, Susan! It's still the weekend and woman's day should be everyday anyway. Smiles :)

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  17. Ah.. I wrote one yesterday.. Without seeing the prompt... But it definitely fit.

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    1. Thank you Bjorn! Glad I found it!

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  18. Folks, take the rest over to the pantry!

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  19. I'm late to the party...we're in a big home remodel right now, but I wanted to get posted before the linky expired. I will be slow making rounds, sorry about that, but I will make it! Thanks Susan for prompting and hosting this~

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