This Woman I am Becoming

Picture Challenge by Val Erde

Painting courtesy Val Erde

In a recent post, my blogging friend Val Erde graciously gave us permission to use this fabulous painting as inspiration for a work of art of our own.  This is the challenge she set us – “It can be drawing, painting, photography, sculpture, knitting, crochet, animation, digital artwork, poetry, dialogue, short story, anything creative that you like, really!”

Well I can’t paint, can’t draw or sculpt, knit, crochet, produce animation or digital artwork and my photography is the point and shoot variety,  so it has to be an attempt at poetry.

As soon as I saw this painting, I saw a woman evolving and becoming.  So much in this painting reminded me of  “I am Becoming the Woman I’ve Wanted” by Jayne Relaford Brown.

So here is my attempt at writing poetry.  It is entitled ‘This Woman I am Becoming”

This woman I am becoming

Memories flowing through me
Making me who I am
Warm thoughts to banish cold nights
And sunshine to dry the tears.

This woman I am becoming
Is learning patience
Learning grace
And learning that love is enough.

I am enjoying this woman I am becoming
She knows where she is going
And where she belongs
She has her place in the world.

This is my first real attempt at writing poetry.  In the past I have written rhyming poems to celebrate a wedding, visit to friends or other such but they really have been doggerel.   I leave it up to you to decide whether I should go back to writing doggerel.

Thank you Val for the use of this beautiful painting and thank you for setting the challenge.  I have enjoyed it.


44 responses to “This Woman I am Becoming

  1. What a beautiful poem…you really should do ore of it! It fits Val’s picture perfectly!

    • Thanks Chris. It was a bit scary putting myself out there. Quite different to just writing my blogs.
      I really appreciate the comment.

  2. Very nice I agree with Chris!

  3. We are already but not yet

  4. Great post! I really enjoyed reading it 🙂 Feel free to come by and take a look at my poems!

    • Thank you for reading and thanks for the comment.. As I keep saying it’s quite scary (for me anyway) to put myself out in a poem. Writing a blog is so different.
      I shall take time to look at your poems.

  5. I found that book at my local library, and need to get busy reading it. Thanks for sharing it. I like your poem. Keep writing!

    • I am sure you will enjoy reading the book. When that is finished see if you can get hold of a copy of “If I Had MY Life to Live Over”. You are a long way from that but these women really have written words of wisdom. And they inspire me.
      Thanks for the comment. I shall explore more poetry writing now that I have started. 🙂

  6. Lisa (Woman Wielding Words)

    What a wonderful poem with a wonderful message. I also love “I am Becoming the Woman I’ve Wanted,” I think you should continue exploring poetry. Well done.

    • Thanks for the encouragement Lisa. I found your blog only yesterday – I think via Val Erde’s. I am now subscribed to your blog. 🙂

  7. I think this is a beautiful poem, Judith. You’re writing from your heart and that’s where good poetry comes from. Well done. 🙂 And thanks for joining in my challenge, I appreciate it.

    • Val I can’t tell you how much your comment means to me. Thank you. I am watching your challenge closely to see who else steps up. 🙂

      • It might be a while for others to show right now as I’m shortly going to be taking a break – I’m very tired again and need a rest – but I’ve some scheduled posts coming up and I’m sure other people will take part in the challenge. It’s not got any deadline so you might be watching for a long time. 🙂

        In the meantime – write some more poetry. You’ve a blog you can share it in or if you feel delicate about people seeing it you can always put it into a paper journal instead. There are some lovely black paper art journals out there that can be used for poetry. I’ve lots of mine in things like that.

  8. Have you ever been featured on Freshly Pressed?

    • No I haven’t but I have only been blogging since March. But what a compliment that would be.
      Thanks for your comment. I have been over to your blog to see what you are about. 🙂

      • That’s even more remarkable. I asked because when I seen your blog stats and discovered you’ve been blogging since March I thought this was the case. Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment. Do you have two blogs? Because when I clicked your name it took me to Blogger.

  9. Hello again Harnew. No I only have one blog. Don’t remember ever starting another but hey, there are loads of Judith Baxter’s out there. There is even one in the suburb in which I used to live. She keeps writing to the paper and I keep being stopped by people who want to comment on what she has written thinking it is me.

  10. I love your poem, it is beautiful! 🙂

  11. Thank you for popping up in my blog and bringing me here. I am very happy that you took up Val’s challenge and you have come up trumps. Congratulations. I intend visiting regularly and commenting whenever I can. Do give me the pleasure of your comments at my blog too.


    I have told you before that you have hidden talents ! these are now seemingly deciding to surface. Lovely poem can’t wait for more CXXXX

  13. Stunning painting/piece. I can see the woman evolving in that piece. 🙂

  14. TheIdiotSpeaketh

    Great poem! 🙂

    • Thank you so much. I am really cheered by the positive response to my first attempt. You may never be able to stop me now that I have started. 🙂

  15. Your peom is beautiful. You should write more of them!

    • Thanks Jenny. I am going to concentrate a bit on poetry as I have received so many positive comments.
      Trust you and your boys are all well. Judith 🙂

  16. ordinarygoodness

    Hi Judith,
    Thanks for subscribing to my blog.
    Your latest post has generated a lively response….well done.
    Good wishes

    • I tried several times to subscribe without success. And yesterday I still got the message that your blog didn’t exist. So now I can follow you.
      Judith 🙂

  17. jacquelincangro

    What a beautiful painting. The colors are just stunning. It has a 3-d quality – so much movement.
    Your poem is the perfect compliment. I would never have guessed that was your first poem.

  18. Thank you for that lovely compliment. And yes, Val’s paintings are fantastic. Have you looked at her blog –

  19. This is wonderful on living, growing and becoming. Good job! I think you addressed the challenge superbly as Val’s challenge seemed to be about life, endurance and living.

  20. Thank you for that comment. I immediately saw this woman evolving in the painting and the words just flew out of me. I wonder if that will ever happen again. 🙂

  21. Definitely go forward! Beautiful.

  22. Very nice. In fact, I’ll point my auntie to it, she lost her husband a year and a half ago, she’s almost your neighbour too. I often think of her when I read your blog.

    • Thank you for the comment. It takes time to come to the point when you can consider the possibility of going on alone without your husband. But most of us get there eventually. Do tell her not to rush this and just to move at her own pace. She will know what that is. I have written several ezine articles on this subject. If you click on the ezine logo on the blog you will be taken to these articles. They might just help your auntie. 🙂

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