Little Girl All Alone

Me circa 1970

Little girl all alone
Unaware no one there
Little girl all by herself
Oblivious to the absence

Does anyone notice?
Does anyone care?

Little girl on her own
Summoning imaginary friends
Little girl in solitary
Music her only companion

Does anyone notice?
Does anyone care?

Little girl seen and loved
By her grown up self
Little girl nurtured and held
By her forty-eight year old self

She notices
She cares

Little Girl All Alone by Megan Burmester
October 1, 2017

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True Beauty

“Circle” by Megan Burmester

Our culture is obsessed with beauty, outward beauty. What makes a woman truly beautiful? I’ve encountered beauty in women. Here are my observations.

Women that hold their scars (visible and invisible) gently, knowing they are beauty marks. Women that can laugh in the face of adversity. Women that aren’t afraid to feel and validate all of their feelings. Women that choose not to color their hair after chemo and let the “hair glitter” crown their glorious heads. Women that face their own brokenness with courage. Women that accept their limitations. Women that come alongside others, encouraging and cheering. Women that head into the darkness of their own pain and keep walking, despite the fear. Women that are honest with themselves and others. Women who love themselves, just as they are.

When have you observed beauty, true beauty in women?

A Farewell to Strength

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She donned Strength as a necessity.

Strength fit her well as if tailored for her very soul.

Strength hung like a heavy overcoat, covering up her true self.

Strength whispered from time to time,

“Be the strong one.”

“Don’t show weakness.”

 

She listened; obeyed.

Strength served her well as pain and trauma abounded in her young life.

Strength became a default mechanism, an automatic response.

Others admired her strength, not knowing the cost to her battered soul.

Strength protected her; she hid behind Strength.

The time has come; Strength must slip off her shoulders and fall to the ground.

Oh, there is a wrenching, a wrenching in her soul.

Whispered words heal,

“You don’t have to be the strong one anymore.”

 

 

 

10 on 10: Lazy Saturday

Each month, I take part in a 10 on 10 blog roll.  Photographers tell a story with ten photos taken all on one day posted on the tenth of the month. This month, I documented a lazy Saturday.

Rest and Be Thankful. ~William Wadsworth

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If you’d like to see some amazing photos, click on through each photographer. In fact, my friend Maite’s day is right here.

Thank you!