Delicate Strength

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In her very breath, she’s womanly:
Soft and calm; refined and elegant.
But beneath the soft, a strength of steel;
Intelligent, kind, clever, and relevant.

Indeed, her words may pierce or caress;
A sharp-edged tongue with a velvet underside;
It’s not a deceit, but a complexity;
A duality of form, undefined.

And while she nurtures, she is fierce;
Ready to defend; equally to solace.
While she is loved, held most dear,
She’s not liked by all, and hardly flawless.

The depth of her life contradicted by beauty;
The surface denying what lies underneath;
The softness of voice, that sounds so gentle
Deceiving in every vocal upbreathe.

For under the soft exterior shell,
lies the heart of a lioness, strong and resilient.
As what is all soft cannot fully exist,
The harshness of life creates a balance that’s brilliant.

When you go to judge by a beautiful face,
A beauty that’s elegant; decorated with grace,
Remember that softness belies a great strength,
A gentle exterior with an iron base.

 
© Amarine Rose Ravenwood, 2018

Delicate Strength on Graceful Grit

Amarine Rose Ravenwood is the pen name of Lorraine Hall, for her preteen, teen, and young adult fantasy fiction writing as well as for some of her poetry. This poem was written by the same person, only under her real name. The poem is hosted on a group publication through the University of Colorado Denver called Graceful Grit. If you enjoy feminine poetry, you might enjoy this poem:

“Delicate Strength” poem on Graceful Grit

Lorraine is a member of the group publication and a student at UC Denver, although she is due to graduate this coming December. In addition to this poem, there are articles on Graceful Grit by Lorraine, as well as articles by the other members of the publication group.