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WOMEN ... Truly amaze me ... They possess the super-human Strength to birth a child - one of The most painful and demanding Feats of endurance known to our Species - yet they have the Self-confidence to be meek and Tender, with the gentle and sweet Fortitude needed for motherhood ... They have the extraordinary insight To look into your eyes and know What you're feeling ... they can be Completely confident in who they Are, and yet totally vulnerable in Who they want to be ... they can Have the strength of ten men in Bearing young, and the sexuality to Bring a hundred men to their knees ... They are at one moment the most Simple creatures in their need for Love, and at the next so complicated That they are unfathomable ... They can be the most loving and Accepting people you've ever Known, or the most frighteningly Fierce and formidable foes Imaginable ... they can lay bare Their soul before you and give it Up with passion, or build walls so Strong that nothing but time can Bring them down ... they can let You believe, in their confidence, That you are the strongest being Alive, or remind you that the very Fires of Hell are at their beck-and-call ... They are EACH and ALL an amazing Creation of utter perfection and Grace, and like brittle snowflakes, Uniquely wondrous and different In every way, at one moment a Mystery beyond comprehension, And at the next, the most delightfully Familiar soul you've ever encountered ... Their tears flow as freely as their Laughter, and they are as spiritual as They are sensible ... they measure Their own elegance by how they Feel INSIDE ... about themselves. They are at once outspoken and Demure ... they may need to be Held and told everything will be Alright, or they may need to take The lead and be honored ... they May want to hear about your Wildest dreams, or need you to Really LISTEN to how they feel ... They may want YOU to take control And show them your deepest desires, Or they may need to have their Every wish fulfilled ... they may want You to be endlessly mysterious, then Lay bare your broken spirit on the Altar of their passion. A woman may Want to look perfect, with every hair And detail in place, or she may run wild Through the rain ... she may share the Fires of her deepest lust and desires, Or she may make you feel the cold Regard of her wrath ... she may want You to be firm and forward, and then Desire only tenderness and care ... She may cry at your funniest joke, Or laugh at your saddest story, and Expect you to understand ... she May howl at the moon in madness, Yet require you to keep her sane ... She may endear you with her ferocity, Then frighten you with her kindness. She may love you more in her anger Than she ever could in her joy, or Adore you for your carelessness, Yet despise you for your attention. A woman is the perfect vessel and The ultimate contradiction, on The pedestal one moment, and At your feet the next. Their bodies Are warm and cold, salty and sweet, Rough and smooth, with hidden Wonders and responses all their own, First trembling at your lightest touch, Then needing the firm press of flesh, Every soft inch a sublime adventure, Every subtle curve a joy ... but Their minds are keen and as Sharp-edged as any razor ... they Can cut you with their words and Their stare, then leave you bleeding ... They are elation and anger, vigor And vulnerability, coyness and Carnality ... in a moment they Can drag you through hell, or carry You to heaven ... they can be angel Or demon, mother or daughter, Temptress or torturer ... they can Make you the king of their heart, Or remind you of your absolute Insignificance ... they are told from Birth that they are inferior to men - Weaker, softer, more fragile - yet Despite that they are more determined, More durable, more wise, more Diligent, more deft, more caring, More tenacious, more hard-working, And more intuitive, than most three Men put together ... they can be Great moms or be great boxers ... They can be successful professionals Or stay-at-home wives, they can Do most jobs as well as any man, And do a hundred other things that Many men are never even taught! They can teach, fight, love, paint, Play drums, be weightlifters, Ballerinas, truck drivers, nurses, Army sergeants, cooks, seamstresses, Basketball players, florists, pharmacists, Doctors, lawyers ... women can Wear dresses or they can wear work Pants, they can wear toe shoes or They can wear hockey skates, They can wear ponytails or they Can wear hard hats, they can wear Steel-toed boots or they can wear Stilettos, they can wear overalls Or miniskirts. I believe that one Of the primary reasons that they Have been marginalized for so Many centuries, is that men knew That if women ever DID start doing The things that men have always done, Everyone would find out that women Were BETTER at 99% of those things, And would start demanding equal pay And equal rights! That is starting to Come to pass, and I think it scares Many men ... women are told their Whole lives what they CAN'T do, yet They spend their whole lives doing Things that many men are incapable Of, things that men don't care to Do or want to do or have to do ... Men are intent on making a living, Yet women are what we live FOR ... Women have forever lived in the Shadow of men, but men would HAVE no shadow without the Sunlight that women shine on our Lives ... if Woman really WAS made After Man, it's because the Creator Didn't get human beings right the First time, and perfected the species With the female version ... and most Of all, no matter how much you Learn about them, or how much You may know of all these things I've touched on, or how much you Listen and absorb what they tell You about themselves, you will Never, ever, EVER, understand them ... Yet there is absolutely NOTHING in Heaven or earth, that is as wonderfully Sexy and sublime, entertaining and Enticing, intently intense, or Imperfectly perfect, as ... WOMEN.

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Date: 4/4/2017 5:59:00 AM
A fantastic poem, superb free verse and deliverer of an important message.. You hit 100% on so many fronts and levels with this gem..A7 and a fav...
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 4/7/2017 9:01:00 PM
Thank you so much, Robert ... very much appreciated, my friend!
Date: 4/2/2017 7:44:00 AM
This poem is incredible... I am gay, and perhaps I see women differently, my relationships with women have always been different from straight relationships, I know that. But however and whatever. we are fighting for equality, and so are women, so often that is not recognized. So this poem of yours is fantastic. Nothing needs to be perfect as long as the intention is good :)
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 4/7/2017 8:59:00 PM
Thanks for that, Darren - I was obviously writing from a hetero perspective, and was not intentionally leaving anyone out or assuming that everyone, (or ANYone), should see it from my angle, just giving my personal view. Makes it all the more substantive for me that you could get something from it also, and you're right - equality is equality - it's really the same fight. I'm also not trying to insinuate that I know anything more about women ( or relationships) than anyone else, but rather trying to convey the wondrous appreciation I have for the female form and psyche, and all they contribute to humanity, sexually or no. NONE of us will ever have all the answers when it comes to relating, that's for sure, but the discussions about it will drive us on ... evermore. ;-)
Date: 3/20/2017 4:47:00 PM
Greg....this needs to be read by more poets. It's superb. I've long fought for equality. What a wonderful treasure this is. I'm faving it. Thank you for being such a wonderful example of an honest man. My favorite part was there reference to shadow and light. Delightful!
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 3/22/2017 1:29:00 AM
Thank you SO much, Eileen - that means more than you know, especially coming from an intelligent, insightful woman like you! I admit that I know little about the subject, but I tried to take an honest stab at how I feel, and how much I appreciate and adore you wonderful women ... and tried to do so without messing up or offending anyone, lol. This was fun ... I may add to it sometime. Thanks again, my friend! :-)
Date: 3/14/2017 2:24:00 PM
Wow! An incredibly insightful and moving piece... epic in its scope with deeply soulful thoughts. I smiled at the last verse... some things will always remain a mystery:-) Magnificent writing, a fave, 7+ a great pleasure to read. blessings, lynn
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 3/14/2017 11:29:00 PM
Thank you SO much, Lynn, that means a great deal to me ... this COULD have been much longer, but I know long poems are not often read, and I didn't want to lose peoples' attention. Maybe an addendum one of these days. Your kind words are very much appreciated! :-)
Date: 3/13/2017 6:31:00 PM
No comments are you kidding me!!! This is one poem that will hit number one very soon, this is stunning writing Greg, a definite 7 and a fave!
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Gregory R Barden
Date: 3/13/2017 10:21:00 PM
Thank you so very much, John ... as you know, your opinion is very valued by me, as I respect and enjoy your writing very much, and can tell when you say something that you truly MEAN it. I know I'm relatively new to the Soup, so I don't expect a lot of comments ... when they happen I am overjoyed, and I think as I get to know others more they will start commenting and reaching out, and I need to do more of that myself! Thanks again, my friend, for these very kind words. :-)