Saturday, May 5, 2012

This poem represents the wisdom of my grandmother, the insight of my mother and the realist in me.
It moved me - so I thought I would share it here - with you.
 ♥ Ms.Panda

For My Daughter
By Sarah McMane

Never play the princess when you can
be the queen:
rule the kingdom, swing a scepter,
wear a crown of gold.
Don’t dance in glass slippers,
crystal carving up your toes—
be a barefoot Amazon instead,
for those shoes will surely shatter on your feet.

Never wear only pink
when you can strut in crimson red,
sweat in heather grey, and
shimmer in sky blue,
claim the golden sun upon your hair.
Colors are for everyone,
boys and girls, men and women—
be a verdant garden, the landscape of Versailles,
not a pale primrose blindly pushed aside.

Chase green dragons and one-eyed zombies,
fierce and fiery toothy monsters,
not merely lazy butterflies,
sweet and slow on summer days.
For you can tame the most brutish beasts
with your wily wits and charm,
and lizard scales feel just as smooth
as gossamer insect wings.

Tramp muddy through the house in
a purple tutu and cowboy boots.
Have a tea party in your overalls.
Build a fort of birch branches,
a zoo of Legos, a rocketship of
Queen Anne chairs and coverlets,
first stop on the moon.

Dream of dinosaurs and baby dolls,
bold brontosaurus and bookish Belle,
not Barbie on the runway or
Disney damsels in distress—
you are much too strong to play
the simpering waif.

Don a baseball cap, dance with Daddy,
paint your toenails, climb a cottonwood.
Learn to speak with both your mind and heart.
For the ground beneath will hold you, dear—
know that you are free.
And never grow a wishbone, daughter,
where your backbone ought to be.

1 comment:

  1. Cool... I really liked these lines:

    Learn to speak with both your mind and heart.
    For the ground beneath will hold you, dear—
    know that you are free.

    I wrote a poem today too...!

    I call it My Success Song : D

    I was also just writing about the James 1 scripture about looking into the perfect law of liberty... we are to see that we are perfect & free in His word & then take according action to transform into that....DAILY! Being a queen to me means taking responsibility for my results (owning them) ...thus being a master creator of my destiny! Love you Queenie xxxJ