I am a WOMAN now, no longer a girl.
A daughter and at the same time a woman.
I have learned to speak up and speak out,
and to let MY VOICE be heard in the forest.
It is time for me to take my place in the circle
and claim my title as SURVIVOR, WARRIOR, GROWN ONE, EAGLE, MOTHER EARTH.
I am entitled to the gray hair on my head.
I have earned the bags under my eyes.
I have won the right to the scar across my belly.
I have been to HELL and back,
and GOD accompanied me throughout the journey.
My days of being a SWEET YOUNG THING are over.
I prefer being a WOMAN.
Renita J. Weems
-Showing Mary: How Women Can Share Prayers, Wisdom, and the Blessings of God-