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.