Liana Mir reads, writes, and wrangles the muses from her mundane home in the Colorado Rockies and, occasionally, from the other side of the Barrier.
The Perfect Woman
This will not do! For what I am / Is woman, not a female man.
If I cannot conform, then I
Inferior am to every woman;
If I only conform, then I
Inferior am to every man.
This will not do! I never am
Every woman, every man.
Condemned to fail, success is pale,
If dare I be whatever I am.
A woman is strong—she is too much
Like man; more feminine she should be.
A woman is gentle and so is weak.
More feminine strength she should seek.
This will not do! For what I am
Is woman, not a female man.
Feminist not and feminine not
The perfect woman, but I am.
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