Behind the face of a strong woman
there is a life of endurance, resilience and perseverance.
Behind the smile of a happy woman
there is also sadness, pain and sorrow experienced
and perhaps still experiencing, but not allowing that
to take away what is still enjoyable in life.
Behind the power of a successful woman
There are years of struggles
Climbing a ladder that some or many times also
falling off it, having to restart the mount.
Behind the closed doors of someone’s busyness
there is also exhaustion and loneliness.
What is represented on the façade
is not without a history of shaping
by sheer will and determination within each experience.
Finding hope within shallow breathing
placing trust in oneself where all else crumbled
without loyal support.
Behind what you see and may admire
is a belief in one's own power placed into action
Getting up after each fall.
Finding a different way
where all avenues presented had a dead end.
A hero or heroine archetype is not created by sheer magic.
Behind the result of a strong reliable woman or man
is the conquering without the acceptance of defeat.
A re-building, re-constructing, re-inventing
Of a new life and of oneself.
Then what you see is what you’ll know
to be an authentic, silent, warrior.