Seeing Woman

pencil sketch of woman looking in mirrorSeeing Woman

(A poem by Joseph J Pote)

Little boy cuddled in Mom’s lap,
Both sitting on the floor
Learning about batteries
As I walk through the door.

Chores aren’t quite finished.
TV is being ignored.
Lesser things will have to wait,
While his interests are explored.

Does she know how beautiful she is?
How exceptional her loving attention?
For this purpose God created Woman,
To nurture little children.

Simple tasks can be a chore;
Some things are left undone.
Work takes longer than it should;
First priority is Mom’s sons.

Sometimes she gets frustrated.
Sometimes I grow impatient.
But children are more important,
And God provides the patience.

How fortunate these two young men,
To be so wonderfully blessed
With such tender, patient love
As flows from this woman’s breast!

Oh, to share such simple love!
To be the object of such devotion!
To know my lover’s commitment
Runs deeper than today’s emotion!

Does she know how beautiful she is?
How she reflects the Father’s love?
Such tender, attentive devotion
Can come only from above!

She’s had a rough day at work.
Everything is going wrong.
House construction’s moving slow.
She feels a headache coming on.

I pull her gently to my chest,
Feel her yield to my embrace,
Hear her muffled sobbing,
Taste tears flowing down her face.

How wonderfully precious she is!
How vulnerable her heart!
Pulling her closer in my embrace,
I pray nothing will keep us apart.

Does she know how beautiful she is,
Holding tightly to my hand?
For this purpose God created Woman,
To reveal her heart to Man.

She worries about her figure,
Feels self-conscious about her weight,
Avoids wearing a swimming suit,
And always primps before a date.

Can’t she see how beautiful she is?
What a gloriously wonderful human?
For this purpose God created Man,
To be a mirror for Woman.

I wrote this poem in the summer of 2004, when Sherri and I were dating.  At the time, Sherri was a single mother to two boys, one 3 years old, and the other 12.  She truly is a beautiful lady, and I’m proud to be her husband.

What recent moment with your spouse, child, or other loved one, has captured your attention as portraying an aspect of their character that you love?

[This post linked to: Getting Down with Jesus , Beholding Glory , Graceful , Wellspring , Seedlings ]