Valsa George

What I Wish to Be

Let me be,
As God intended me to be:
Neither a wicked elf,
Nor a fairy godmother,
Never a demon,
Nor an angel,
But a true woman,
Oh! No, not the ‘Phenomenal Woman’
Of Maya Angelou,
Drawing a hive of honey bees round
‘With the span of my hips
Or the stride of my steps’
One with a loving heart,
Calm and caring
Though at times touchy and itchy

A gracious host and a helpful neighbour
Able to stand in my own light
And lessen the darkness of the night

An abiding spouse
In whom my man can see
An ocean of love in my dewy eyes
And feel the steady warmth of my grip
When the seas of life get stormy,

For my children, an adorable mother
In whom they can confide
Their doubt, despair or delight
A counsellor, a friend and guide
With the balm to heal their wounds
Touch and move their spirits
And show them the miracle of love

Piecing together these different roles
Let me, into a close knit texture, weave
The fabric of my life
Like the interlacing threads
Of a great tapestry!

In a way, is not living the art of quilting
Bringing out unique patterns
Of exquisite beauty and delight
From the scraps thrown in our way!

Submitted: Sunday, October 06, 2013
Edited: Monday, October 07, 2013

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Mere longings! !

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  • Suman Kumar Das (12/8/2013 1:18:00 AM)

    May God grant all your wonderful wishes! .............. loved it.. i also respectfully invite you to read my writes and put your comments. (Report) Reply

  • Queeny Gona (10/27/2013 12:10:00 PM)

    Lovely wishes of a noble woman to cherish each and every moment of her life while fullfilling the responsibilities of different facets of life! Lonesome read dear Valsa mam (Report) Reply

  • Bri Edwards (10/24/2013 11:49:00 PM)

    valsa, perhaps in another life? and who are bill engvall and simon pegg? i thought i was the only comedian in the world worth knowing. was i wrong? :) bri (Report) Reply

  • Valsa George (10/22/2013 12:11:00 AM)

    Thank you Bri! This is the best proposal, I ever received. Marrying a comedian like Bill Engvall or Simon Pegg (though one or two inches smaller than their size) would be fun. We could have laughed away life together! But unfortunately it is too late! ! (Report) Reply

  • Bri Edwards (10/21/2013 8:00:00 PM)

    Though at times touchy and itchy....did you leave the b off the last word on purpose?

    if you are half as good as you strive to be, ....will you marry me? :) (Report) Reply

  • Patricia Grantham (10/18/2013 10:00:00 AM)

    Valsa your words speak so wonderfully about the wishes of a woman.
    Not great but humble, lowly not lofty, servant not master, uplifting not
    condescending. You are apparently all of these and more. Keep writing
    in uor own and beautiful way. Words written from the heart will never
    depart. Good. (Report) Reply

  • Shahzia Batool (10/10/2013 6:37:00 PM)

    these are not mere longings, but the real longings, the last image for the art of living is a complete one! ! ! (Report) Reply

  • Savita Tyagi (10/10/2013 10:36:00 AM)

    Beautiful poem. Resonating with and inspiring millions of us. Thank you for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Danny Draper (10/9/2013 6:56:00 AM)

    A great affirmation of the many wonderful roles of a woman complex and intricate, simple and beautiful, soft and strong and loving and wise. (Report) Reply

  • Reyvrex Questor Reyes (10/8/2013 8:21:00 PM)

    The very sentiments of a woman, and wife as God wanted them to be, being the other half and not another competing entity. (Report) Reply

  • Valsa George (10/7/2013 11:06:00 PM)


    I am equally awed and humbled by your marvellous words! ! Thanks... thanks a lot! ! (Report) Reply

  • Tajudeen Shah (10/7/2013 1:08:00 PM)

    Blessed be the name of our Lord, The Lord of the worlds, who has created such wonderful soul as your GOOD SELF! It is true in all respect that God estimates man's worth based on his intentions, same way, your verses are reflections of your innate intentions; your fingers are rooted directly to the blessed profoundness of exquisite manners, refined heritage and pure thoughts. What you really are is much precious than what you ‘wish to be’; only such a splendid combination of senses could ever congregate those beads of aspirations so legitimate and serene.
    A wonderful write that emanates a sort of heavenly scent that tenderly invades into the intimate domains of humble souls. God Bless. (Report) Reply

  • Kee Thampi (10/7/2013 10:34:00 AM)

    Really blessed one, with a golden hand to write such a beauty in craft.... I love to be here to read (Report) Reply

  • Kanniappan Kanniappan (10/7/2013 5:23:00 AM)

    'What I Wish to Be' is a wonderful poem how a woman has to adjust as a host, a neighbor, a spouse, a mother to form a happy home. Women only can make the home happy by their attitudes.

    Of course, nowadays women are also educated and go for various jobs and good advisers for the family welfare. (Report) Reply

  • Kanniappan Kanniappan (10/7/2013 5:20:00 AM)

    'What I Wish to Be' is a wonderful poem how a woman has to adjust as a host, a neighbor, a spouse, a mother to form a happy home. Women only can make the home happy by their attitudes.

    Armaments which affect the health of a husband! is my poem in this site.

    Of course, nowadays women are also educated and go for various jobs and good advisers for the family welfare. The above Tamil poem was written hundreds of years ago for a happy family. (Report) Reply

  • Kavya . (10/7/2013 2:25:00 AM)

    a wonderful write Mam, , , , as we say Thoughts become Things, now that you have already thought about being such a noble and wonderful woman, you are already closer to the target........Wishing you life's best........ (Report) Reply

  • Ibnu Din Assingkiri (10/6/2013 8:37:00 PM)

    I see a complete values of great eastern culture woman - and as I start imagining further I smell great curry aroma coming from your kitchen. :) :) :) (Report) Reply

  • Tirupathi Chandrupatla (10/6/2013 4:00:00 PM)

    A gracious host
    A helpful neighbour
    An abiding spouse
    An adorable mother
    A noble friend
    You have put all the great characteristics in yourself. You can stand in my own light and lessen the darkness of the night. Only a person with purity of heart can deliver such a poem. Thank you. (Report) Reply

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