Sunday, April 7, 2013

IGWRT's - Going Outside "Transparent"

Moon Jelly from the South Carolina Aquarium in Charleston
Transparent

Mother told me
never to be transparent.
To hide my ambition,
my intelligence.

So I did.

I gave the boys
what they saw.
They never asked
for more.

by Margaret Bednar, April 7, 2013

This is for Imaginary Garden with Real Toad's "Going Outside" a prompt hosted by Peggy Goetz. 

17 comments:

Kay L. Davies said...

No, they'd be unlikely to ask for ambition and intelligence, wouldn't they?
I like this poem. Its brevity conveys sufficient information, nothing more.
I love the stand-alone line "So I did."
K

Jinksy said...

A gently put down for the boys with closed minds! :)

Jinksy said...

Sorry - gentle - I meant toe type!

Kerry O'Connor said...

How sad that there is a kind of man that is satisfied with less than the entire package.. or just doesn't consider that the outside is just the packaging.

Robyn Greenhouse said...

Wouldn't men be surprised when they actually got to know their wives and saw how smart they really were!

izzy said...

Appearances ! (But my Headmaster in HS) told me one thing he liked was I wore who I was on my sleeve! Yikes, the outside showed something I didn't really get! Hah hah-

Ginnie said...

Besides LOVING the image (!!), I have to chuckle at your wee poem. Back when I was in college, Mom bemoaned the fact I had no boyfriends/dates and actually told me that if I tried not to be so intelligent, maybe more guys would be interested in me. Yup. I remember starting to cry and getting angry, saying "It's not fair for God to make me this way and expect me to pretend I'm not!"

TexWisGirl said...

i like it!

Helen said...

What a difference a generation or two makes ... nice that your daughters will not have to hide their intelligence, their excellence!

This poem speaks volumes, Margaret.

Ella said...

I love your poem, it does speak volumes like Helen said! Fun we both did sea life ;D

I love how you danced around this issue-very clever!

Hope your son is better!

Peggy said...

Yes this poem says so much! But someone must have eventually asked for more because you intelligence is certainly evident now! Neat photo too!

Margaret said...

Peggy... this poem is not about me :) I wish I had a body that made the boys forget everything else. Ha ha.
(well, perhaps not, but ...)

girlwiththepen1118 said...

It was completely the opposite in my case~ grandma would tell us 3 grand daughters, "never be double faced, that's deception and a Judas." Sorry you had that poor advice but, I'm certain Chelsea has a wiser mom because of everything you've learned ~everything does work out, at some time or other.
Sincerely Debbie

Kim Nelson said...

Frank and telling of an era, a time. I hope the clock never runs backward.

Loredana Donovan said...

Sadly, even in today's society there is so much emphasis on outside appearance and not so much on inside beauty. Women are still seen as "objects" in some media. A thought-provoking poem, succinct and to the point.

Jeanne said...

Love these jellies.... Such a great philosophy to change! Only be who you really are, not what someone else expects!

daydreamerdreams said...

I love the picture and your take on it. Not what I was expecting after seeing the picture, but delightfully surprised!