The unusual thing about this reading was that each of the participants read her own poetry. The poetry was interspersed with Taiko drumming (traditional Japanese drums used for performance art and ceremonies).
What was amazing about this performance was not that we each recited or performed our own work, or that we raised a couple of thousand dollars for Devorah's Door. What was amazing was how we raised the consciousness around women's body image, for others as well as ourselves.
The media has for too many years played with the minds and hearts of women around the world. We look at the magazines or TV, videos or in the movies and we see these "perfect" women. Who ever said they were perfect?
One of my dear daughters was in the audience the night of the performance. Looking at her smiling face and glistening eyes, I knew I had done well. She had just recently overcome an eating disorder. The words spoken by a stage full of women from twenty to seventy, amidst the ancient drumming touched her soul, deep, deep inside.
We became mirrors for each other...one young, tall, thin with shining ash hair and bright blue eyes, the other middle-age, short, round with salt and pepper hair and crazy cats eyes that change color depending on mood or what I wear.
There we were, two wonderfully, wise women...perfect just the way we are!
The Cast of Body Language
This is the poem I performed at the reading:
Wasn’t tall and skinny
With blonde hair swaying,
Or make-up perfectly painted,
is soft and cuddly.
Gray curls cupping her chin,
Laugh lines and wrinkles
Clothing her face.
I was a carpenter’s dream,
Flat as a board,
Until... four babies later...
The roundness of my body
In the curves.
Pleasure radiates in
Like Momma, I am a real woman!
11/04 © LMRN
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