A Special Treat: Essence of a Woman by Julie Catherine Vigna

I hope you all were able to stop by August McLaughlin’s blog last week to read the many inspiring, funny, and empowering stories women and men posted on The Beauty of a Woman Blogfest. If not, then hop on over there after you read today’s post.

bf895d6f9121c994001ff5b30ab3da7bA few weeks ago, the immensely talented and beautiful Julie Catherine Vigna posted a poem on her blog that fits with the BOAW blogfest so well, I asked her if I could reprint it here for you to enjoy. I’m thrilled she said yes! This poem speaks to all women, tall short, skinny or not, white, brown, and everywhere in between.

So without further ado, here is Julie Catherine’s poem, Essence of a Woman.

Essence of Woman

I AM the essence of woman
Daughter of Time; born of
Gods and goddesses,
Child of earth and sea
Mother of every nation
Sister to the evening sky
Wife, lover and friend.

I AM all colours, of all nations
All cultures, multi-generational
And multi-faceted; I AM of
The past, present and future—
Yours, mine and of all creation
Keeper of the living and the dead
Holder of memories and dreams.

I AM your agony and your ecstasy
Bearer of standard and sword
Bestower of life and death
I am your fantasy, your nightmare
and your reality —
The tapestry of every dream
I am Madonna and Lolita.

I AM the woman with no voice
No rights, no choice, no vote—
Who works your sweatshops
And in rice fields; in camps
I ply my bitter trade, as the
Village dust swallows my
Faith, strangles my words.

I AM shamed to silence
Beaten on the sands of whim
Violated in body and soul
Then forced to wed my rapist
Babies ripped from my womb
And yet crucified because
Of their very existence.

I AM the slave and the harlot
The despised and the cast-off
The mutilated and diseased
Segregated and displaced
For the sake of possession
And in the name of honour.

I AM warrior and defender
Of hearts and souls; hope for
All the children of earth—
I AM the heart of nature
Protector of every living soul
And all who desire to become
One with their life’s journey.

I AM what we have made me
Yet, in spite of all that, I AM
What I have made of myself
Also, in my breath and my body
As man’s wars rage on and my
Spirit clings to hope, to love,
I AM — the essence of woman.

© Julie Catherine Vigna / J C Edwards, 2013
Signature poem for the Essence of Woman Collection

15829037-1Isn’t that lovely? You can find Julie Catherine on her blog here where she shares her poetry and artwork. The book, Poems of Living, Loving, and Lore, by JC Edwards is available in print and digitally from Amazon here.

I’m honored Julie Catherine let me share this poem with you today.

Is there a poem that touches your heart? Do you write poetry? If so, would you be willing to post something in the comments?

Poetry is our heart singing in tune with the universe. Don’t you think so?


28 thoughts on “A Special Treat: Essence of a Woman by Julie Catherine Vigna

  1. Beautiful poem indeed, Tameri! I love the words, and the emphasis on I AM—makes me want to stand in a circle of women, hand-in-hand, and speak it loudly… *goosebumps*

    Thanks so much for the BOAW shout out, and for participating. It would not have been the same without you!

  2. Tameri, thank you so much for this lovely post, my friend – I’m humbled and honored by your sharing it with your readers. This is the signature poem for my new collection of poems for women that I’m working on – poems that I hope will capture every aspect of what makes us the women we are. I really appreciate your kindness and generosity, thank you again, you made my day! ~ Julie 🙂 xoxox

  3. Reblogged this on Julie Catherine and commented:
    Thank you so much, Tameri, for the lovely post you created around my poem, Essence of Woman, and for sharing with your readers – I’m honored and thrilled by your kindness! ~ Julie xoxox

  4. Simply amazing, Julie. Thank you for sharing her work with us, Tameri. I am in awe. I can’t even pick out my favorite line. Although, something about these two lines draw me in… “Keeper of the living and the dead, Holder of memories and dreams.” I do love it all though.

  5. What an awe-inspiring, powerful poem. I love poetry and a poet’s ability to encapsulate so many emotions in so few words. Thanks for sharing Julie Catherine and her work with us. Insert a *big happy sigh* here.

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