Are You Heard?


Do You Speak so You are Heard?

This poem in Janet Davis‘ book, My Own Worst Enemy, says so much to me. I hope it will touch you as well.

Finding Her Here

Jayne Relaford Brown

I am becoming the woman I’ve wanted,

grey at the temples,

soft body, delighted,

cracked up by life

with a laugh that’s known bitter

but, past it, got better,

knows she’s a survivor –

that whatever comes,

she can outlast it.

I am becoming a deep weathered basket.

I am becoming the woman I’ve longed for,

The motherly lover

with arms strong and tender, 

the growing up daughter

who blushes surprises.

I am becoming full moons

and sunrises.

I find her becoming,

this woman I’ve wanted,

who knows she’ll encompass,

who knows she’s sufficient,

knows where she’s going and travels with passion.

Who remembers she’s precious,

but knows she is plenty,

plenty to share.

Janet suggests that the reader recalls and describes a time when you interjected your voice, opinion, or ideas into a situation. I think that is a great idea.
Your voice should be spoken and heard. Trust it.

Gail in purple speaking with hand gesturesGail holds a degree from Lamar University in Speech and a Master’s from the University of Texas. She was an educator in regular and special education for twenty years, finishing her professional career as a Braille teacher. She is a Certified Professional Coach with Fowler International Academy.
She married Sam after raising three children as a single mother.
In 2007 She founded SMORE for Women. SMORE is a nonprofit association whose goal is Single Moms, Overjoyed, Rejuvenated, & Empowered. Her stories have been published in several Christian books and magazines. Her book, Living Learning Loving, published in July 2015, is available for purchase on CreateSpace, Amazon, or Barnes & Noble online.

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