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Legendary Lady Leaders I salute you

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Legendary Lady Leaders I salute you

I am like
Cleopatra
embraced by serpents many
fear
always trying something new
and dramatic with my
hair
I am like
Eva Patrón
growing up with a painful family
getting lost in movies
thinking of my own
hypnotizing when I speak
First lady of Argentina
meeting you, after death
would be a treat
a nervous habit, of nibbling
on my jewelry
the similarities, between us
gave me a sense of foolery
I am like
Wilma Mankiller
Chief of the Cherokee Tribe
for ten years
fighting against Native stereotypes
despite such distress
enemies did stress
promoting to ‘be of good mind’
you were a leader, of your time
an advocator for women
that they may grow up
and become chief
as a child, you wondered
the forests, like me
not the streets
I am like
Aung San Suu Kyi
wearing three types of 
flowers in your hair
feeling at times like a 
‘splinter of glass, sharp, glinting
power to defend itself against hands
that try to crush’
winner of a Nobel Peace Prize, 
for courage, was
a must
I am like
Catherine The Great
a love to laugh,
coffee, and feeling compelled
to always fill abandoned blank
sheets of paper
you were a Royal Russian Empress,with
not one red drop of Russian blood
and her people, were blessed
to have her
I am like
the Queen of England
longest royal lifetime in history
strong built, from a miserable childhood
toughened her
this is no mystery
preferring candle light
to electricity
handwriting over typewriter
and poetry
I am like
Indira Gandhi
dreaming to live as she did
riding elephants and having
tiger cubs as companions
your own Sikh security
killed you, the story
a sad one
secret dreams of being a writer
angered, by the imbalance of
power
between men and women
listening to beat poets
like Ginsberg
as a great Prime Minister of India 
you were heard
and understood
I am like
Rigoberta Menchú
drew the worlds attention to 
native Indians rights,
because of you
your goal, to be
a drop of water on a rock
dripping in the same spot,
eventually in the world, you
may leave a mark
wearing many colors
‘because it gives you life’
insisting men and women be equals
you fought this fight
to relax, as I do
writing poetry into
 the night
I am like
Joan of Arc
French Military Heroine
burned at the stake at just
age nineteen
known for keeping your cool
even on the battlefield
being a courageous and inspirational
rare jewel
Legendary Lady Leaders
I salute you


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  1. Date: 7/15/2010 5:36:00 AM
    Your Free Verse poetry is phenomenal! Very enjoyable to read. (soup mail) Lovingly, Dane Ann

  1. Date: 7/13/2010 5:25:00 PM
    wow, you have a long one!! I am never that creative...good job!

  1. Date: 7/10/2010 2:02:00 PM
    wow! wow! i can not believe i love this one,, may be it's because i am a women and i love half the ones you mentioned.. Gosh this will be the first time i favorite two poems in one day,,Your free verse is so in style,,wow!! not many poems get many wow!s out of me,, love it,, last stanza JOAN of aArc was my favorite,,,have a nice one,..p.d.

  1. Date: 7/10/2010 11:59:00 AM
    Oh Heather please enter the Numerology contest anyway.. am sure u can create something all your own.. my life is so full of adventures I could have continued with the poem.. good thing it was for one number... but I gave the other numbers props too.. interesting way u created this one from nannying and book reports... I have 3 little grand babies.. photos posted on my blog ... and they are too little yet ...5,4, 2 .. we all started so young in my family to have families.. its an Italian thing..

  1. Date: 7/10/2010 11:27:00 AM
    I did ..the trip was fantastic and I hope u enjoyed some of the hundreds of photos we took . I posted as many as Soup would take on my blogs announcing my Haiku contest so I hope u enter Heather.. nice to know u are Hawaiian.. so u speak the language also? luv..

  1. Date: 7/10/2010 8:23:00 AM
    A very creative salute to historic women, Heather. This is an amazing series of analogies, finding you identify with so many of these great ladies. Best wishes in the contest! Soup mail in a moment. Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 7/10/2010 7:29:00 AM
    Luv this Heather.. u started it out with my favorite gal..Cleopatra... awesome.. the rest are perfection on top ... just a little hint.. Eva Peron is the way she spelled her name. .. going by the movie Evita.. but if the way u spelled it is proper I have learned something new today.. thankxxx Heather.. enjoyed a very creative write.. with luv..

  1. Date: 7/10/2010 12:53:00 AM
    excellent and compelling poem, you are Heather Hill awesome poet, Harry