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     Lingering in that photo...

In that simple shot
I look, and I see a woman.
I am not a woman.

I have never worked for a lifestyle,
given birth for an allowance
I have never truly loved a man.
I am not a woman.

I do not have the means to
     Transport
myself
to wake, feel the calling..(oh, it calls, but I do not answer)
and move, move, move
until I reach a place of
astonishing beauty.
I am not a woman.

Sometimes, I still take the
     Weight
of my childhood and
place it on shoulders of
self-doubt.

and
Sometimes, I remember the way
lifting builds me up.
But I am not a woman.

     Lingering in that photo...

A wisdom of some sort
has trickled into my features
I see glimpses of it now.

In that momentary shot,
I look, and see memories there
In the darkness of my eyes.
In the taming of my smile.
In the strain stretched over my brow.
I am not a child.

And I am not a woman.
So serious lately :no:

Edit: Wow! I am so surprised and astonished at all of your kind words and encouragement. I feel so honored to have received such recognition and am ever so grateful! Transformed a crappy day(and crappy week) into a happy one, just knowing so many read and loved this piece of me and saw it within themselves. Thank you all :heart: hugs for each and every one of you: :tighthug:

Edit 12/5/13: Changed second line, removing "(still, I feel the bullet there)." It felt way too cliche from the moment I first wrote it, and I still cannot stand it to this day, so decided finally to remove it.
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Daily Deviation

Given 2013-05-21
~WillowPen contemplates the awkward place between childhood and adulthood and its independence along with the societal qualifiers for being a 'woman' in What Am I? ( Featured by Nichrysalis )
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TheGalleryOfEve Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congratulations on your well-deserved DD!!! :iconflyingheartsplz::iconlainloveplz::iconflyingheartsplz: :clap::clap::clap:
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WillowPen Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Student Writer
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TheGalleryOfEve Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconflyingheartsplz::blowkiss::iconflyingheartsplz:
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abie1295 Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I'm so sad I didn't join deviantart earlier. There's so many talented people here. It's true place of art. Your poem as well. This is how the heart talks. It's like a song with no music but plays deep melody!!
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WillowPen Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Student Writer
I'm flattered you place me as one of the talented :giggle: DA is a wonderful place. You can really find a niche here. Glad you finally joined! :D
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abie1295 Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
;-) , thanks for the welcome.!
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WillowPen Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Student Writer
haha :D
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GenzouHunterssonn Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful!

Congratulations for the new Daily Deviation!
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WillowPen Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Student Writer
Thank you :rose:
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spider123357 Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Student Writer
Congrats on the DD
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