Wednesday, June 06, 2012

For My Daughter

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You may have already seen this if we're Facebook friends, but I was so impressed with this poem recently posted on A Mighty Girl that I had to share it here. It's just wonderful.

Yes, Yes, YES.

(Quick, someone put that in vinyl and I'll plaster it all over their bedroom wall.)

(And then send me a free one, because I'm sure it would cost a zillion dollars. Zoinks.)

For My Daughter
By Sarah McMane

Never play the princess when you can
be the queen:
rule the kingdom, swing a scepter,
wear a crown of gold.
Don’t dance in glass slippers,
crystal carving up your toes --
be a barefoot Amazon instead,
for those shoes will surely shatter on your feet.
Never wear only pink
when you can strut in crimson red,
sweat in heather grey, and
shimmer in sky blue,
claim the golden sun upon your hair.
Colors are for everyone,
boys and girls, men and women --
be a verdant garden, the landscape of Versailles,
not a pale primrose blindly pushed aside.
Chase green dragons and one-eyed zombies,
fierce and fiery toothy monsters,
not merely lazy butterflies,
sweet and slow on summer days.
For you can tame the most brutish beasts
with your wily wits and charm,
and lizard scales feel just as smooth
as gossamer insect wings.
Tramp muddy through the house in
a purple tutu and cowboy boots.
Have a tea party in your overalls.
Build a fort of birch branches,
a zoo of Legos, a rocketship of
Queen Anne chairs and coverlets,
first stop on the moon.
Dream of dinosaurs and baby dolls,
bold brontosaurus and bookish Belle,
not Barbie on the runway or
Disney damsels in distress --
you are much too strong to play
the simpering waif.
Don a baseball cap, dance with Daddy,
paint your toenails, climb a cottonwood.
Learn to speak with both your mind and heart.
For the ground beneath will hold you, dear --
know that you are free.
And never grow a wishbone, daughter,
where your backbone ought to be.


  1. I hadn't seen this (stupid news feed filters!) and it's fabuloso! thanks for posting it. Go, daughters! ♥

  2. Wow. The last two lines are especially powerful!
    What a marvelous young lady. :-)

  3. I love this and just sent it to my own daughter. Thanks for sharing it.

  4. I am so posting this on FB too :D LOVE IT!!!!!

  5. I wanted to comment last week but the computer routinely hates me. I just want to say that I love you, you're way too hard on yourself about everything, and it make me silly happy that you're writing again.

    That's all.

  6. I love this! Will be pinning and printing it off! Thanks!