I love poetry and quotes. I find myself studying poems and quotes then inserting my own story. Poems are inspirational; especially when written by people we admire. Quotes are always fun to untangle. Stories give movement to poems and quotes. Merging the two has a feel good flow.
Enjoy my transformation of Maya Angelou’s poem, “Woman Work” and one of her famous quotes.
Woman Work- Poem by Maya Angelou
I’ve got the children to tend
The clothes to mend
The floor to mop
The food to shop
Then the chicken to fry
They baby to dry
I got company to feed
The garden to weed
I’ve got shirts to press
The tots to dress
The can to be cut
I gotta clean up this hut
Then see about the sick
And the cotton to pick.
Shine on me, sunshine
Rain on me, rain
Fall softly, dewdrops
And cool my brow again.
Storm, blow me from here
With your fiercest wind
Let me float across the sky
‘Til I can rest again.
Fall gently, snowflakes
Cover me with white
Cold icy kisses and
Let me rest tonight.
Sun, rain, curving sky
Mountain, oceans, leaf and stone
Star shine, moon glow
You’re all that I can call my own.
My Story– She’s the strength of family. From the fields to today’s modern mom, work continues. Historically, the weight of survival is squarely on the shoulders of women. A woman’s work never ends.
Waking to the sound of roosters, the quack of chickens, squeal of pigs, and pitter patter of children’s feet is the beginning of a day’s work. Children need be clean, fed, and dressed for the day. A woman’s work never ends.
Homes are kept clean and always ready for company. Food is plenty. Nobody should go hungry, near or far. Gardens are plenty. Rain or shine, work needs to be done to maintain sanity at home. A woman’s work never ends.
A woman’s hands even care for others in need. The sick need not worry, healing is on the way. Prickly finger tips longing for a gentle touch are sacrificed to cure all in need. A woman’s work never ends.
Rain or shine, bright skies, starry nights, ocean breeze, brisk cold winds, her life is not her own. She stands strong, longing for a night of peaceful rest. Family first, rest next. A woman of strength looking to the sky for grace is yesterday, today, and our future. Let her rest, she’s our light. A woman’s work never ends.
Maya Angelou- “Each of us has the right, that possibility, to invent ourselves daily. If a person does not invent herself, she will be invented. So, to be bodacious enough to invent ourselves is wise.”
My Story: A woman walks with her head held high. Her hips sway from left to right. After every wide step, she bounces gently to her toes. On rare occasions, she notices people admiring her perceived confidence. Her days are filled with thoughts of becoming all that she wants out of life. She’s bold enough to dream big and invent herself daily.
Women are born to make sure the world evolves properly. Her ego is an essential characteristic that need not be misconstrued as arrogance. Over time, she builds her strength to impress upon others to be bold and share wisdom.
I hope you enjoyed. I look forward to sharing more of my perception of poetry and quotes by women we love!