Thoughts on “A Strange Beautiful Woman”

A Strange Beautiful Woman

by Marilyn Nelson

A strange beautiful woman met me in the mirror the other night.  

Hey, I said, What you doing here?  She asked me the same thing.


I came upon this poem and thought it was short and sweet.  You come across this poem and find a woman who is finally seeing herself for who she really is, beautiful.  The woman is seeing her reflection in the mirror and recognizing it as beautiful.  Her acceptance is a sign of a huge accomplishment.  Most women do not see what is reflected in the mirror but more of a distortion of what is really there.  The recognition of finally seeing herself for the first time, as a beautiful woman, is a triumph.  She has overcome what society has taught her about beauty and about who she is.  She is a survivor.


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