156 Poems about Women to Celebrate the Fierce Yet Gentle Power

As Virginia Woolf famously said, ‘For most of history, Anonymous was a woman.’

Indeed, women’s voices have often been silenced or overshadowed, making poetry a potent platform for their celebration.

Studies have shown that poems about women offer a unique insight into the complexity of their lives, touching upon their beauty, strength, resilience, and empowerment.

In this collection, we delve into various categories, including famous poems about women, inspirational verses, short yet impactful poems for women, and powerful tributes to women’s strength and beauty.

Join us on a poetic journey that celebrates the multifaceted essence of women.

Best Poems about Women

Best poems about women are the crowning jewels of literary tributes to the feminine spirit. These verses, carefully selected for their eloquence and depth, encapsulate the myriad facets of womanhood, from strength to beauty.

1. Phenomenal Woman

       by Maya Angelou

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size  
But when I start to tell them,
They think I’m telling lies.
I say,
It’s in the reach of my arms,
The span of my hips,  
The stride of my step,  
The curl of my lips.  
I’m a woman
Phenomenal woman,  
That’s me.

I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,  
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.  
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.  
I say,
It’s the fire in my eyes,  
And the flash of my teeth,  
The swing in my waist,  
And the joy in my feet.  
I’m a woman

Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Men themselves have wondered  
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can’t touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them,  
They say they still can’t see.  
I say,
It’s in the arch of my back,  
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I’m a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Now you understand
Just why my head’s not bowed.  
I don’t shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.  
When you see me passing,
It ought to make you proud.
I say,
It’s in the click of my heels,  
The bend of my hair,  
the palm of my hand,  
The need for my care.  
’Cause I’m a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

2. The Second Coming

       by W.B. Yeats

Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the center cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.

3. A Woman’s Love

       by Robert Burns

A woman’s love is like the morning dew,
It falls equally on the meadow and mountain,
Soothes the rough waves and softens the crag,
And enchants the blooms with its mildening fountain.

4. Lady Lazarus

       by Sylvia Plath

Is an art, like everything else.
I do it exceptionally well.
I do it so it feels like hell.
I do it so it feels real.
I guess you could say I’ve a call.

5. I, Being Born a Woman and Distressed

       by Edna St. Vincent Millay

I, being born a woman and distressed
By all the needs and notions of my kind,
Am urged by your propinquity to find
Your person fair, and feel a certain zest
To bear your body’s weight upon my breast:
So subtly is the fume of life designed,
To clarify the pulse and cloud the mind,
And leave me once again undone, possessed.
Think not for this, however, the poor treason
Of my stout blood against my staggering brain,
I shall remember you with love, or season
My scorn with pity,—let me make it plain:
I find this frenzy insufficient reason
For conversation when we meet again.

6. The Song of the Happy Prostitute

       by Margaret Atwood

For love’s pay no one pays but she
With her body’s abandonment
Her sleep without dreams
Her perfumes without a tomorrow
And the hands of the clock and the lips
Of the lips of the pink clock are as useful as pennies

She never weeps because she never promises
Nor does she wake early for any day to break
Nor does she lie late waiting for a dusk
Which she has not arranged
And she keeps in her heart
For she has taken its picture a man
From each blood group
Who on the morrow will search for her in vain
As the lovers did
And he will ask her about her night
And she will tell him the names of the killers of the tribe
With her own lips

7. Eve to Her Daughters

       by Lewis Carroll

Daughters of Eve, you shall see
Strangely alike yet strangely different,
Merry and sad, and fair and foul,
Tender and cruel, with smiling lips,
With lips that quiver, with eyes a-gleam
And lips a-tremble with sounds of laughter.

Famous Poems about Women

Throughout the annals of literature, famous poems about women have left an indelible mark. These verses penned by renowned poets have celebrated, immortalized, and reflected upon the essence of womanhood.

1. Being Independent

       by Rupi Kaur

I do not want to have you
to fill the empty parts of me.
i want to be full on my own.
i want to be so complete
i could light a whole city
and then
i want to have you
cause the two of us combined
could set it on fire.

2. Aurora Leigh

       by Elizabeth Browning

Therefore, this same world
Uncomprehend by you must remain
Uninfluenced by you. Women as you are,
Mere women, personal and passionate,
You give us doting mothers, and chaste wives.
Sublime Madonnas, and enduring saints!
We get no Christ from you, — and verily
We shall not get a poet, in my mind.

3. No Fault in Women

       by Robert Herrick

No fault in women, though they be
But seldom from suspicion free;
– No fault in womankind at all,
If they but slip, and never fall.

4. Two Women

       by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

A cruel tongue and a jealous mind.
Void of pity and full of greed,
She judges the world by her narrow creed;
A brewer of quarrels, a breeder of hate,
Yet she holds the key to ‘Society’s’ Gate.

5. Women

       by Louise Bogan

They wait, when they should turn to journeys,
They stiffen, when they should bend.
They use against themselves that benevolence
To which no man is friend.

6. Lines On Hearing It Declared That No Women Were So Handsome As the English

       by Mary Darby Robinson

BEAUTY, the attribute of Heaven!
In various forms to mortals given,
With magic skill enslaves mankind,
As sportive fancy sways the mind.
Search the wide world, go where you will,
VARIETY pursues you still;
Capricious Nature knows no bound,
Her unexhausted gifts are found
In ev’ry clime, in ev’ry face,
Each has its own peculiar grace.

7. They Shut Me Up in Prose

       by Emily Dickenson

They shut me up in Prose –
As when a little Girl
They put me in the Closet –
Because they liked me “still” –

Still! Could themself have peeped –
And seen my Brain – go round –
They might as wise have lodged a Bird
For Treason – in the Pound –

Himself has but to will
And easy as a Star
Look down opon Captivity –
And laugh – No more have I —

8. I Am She

       by Butch Decatoria

I am she
Who waits through the night.
I am she
Who equals the strength
Of his light.

9. The Applicant

       by Sylvia Plath

First, are you our sort of a person?
Do you wear
A glass eye, false teeth or a crutch,
A brace or a hook,

Rubber breasts or a rubber crotch,

Stitches to show something’s missing? No, no? Then
How can we give you a thing?
Stop crying.

Open your hand.

Empty? Empty. Here is a hand
To fill it and willing
To bring teacups and roll away headaches
And do whatever you tell it.
Will you marry it?
It is guaranteed
To thumb shut your eyes at the end

And dissolve of sorrow.

We make new stock from the salt.
I notice you are stark naked.
How about this suit—
Black and stiff, but not a bad fit.

Will you marry it?

It is waterproof, shatterproof, proof
Against fire and bombs through the roof.
Believe me, they’ll bury you in it.
Now your head, excuse me, is empty.
I have the ticket for that.
Come here, sweetie, out of the closet.

Well, what do you think of that?

Naked as paper to start
But in twenty-five years she’ll be silver,
In fifty, gold.
A living doll, everywhere you look.
It can sew, it can cook,

It can talk, talk, talk.

It works, there is nothing wrong with it.
You have a hole, it’s a poultice.
You have an eye, it’s an image.
My boy, it’s your last resort.

Will you marry it, marry it, marry it.

10. Mothers

       by Nikki Giovanni

i taught it to my son
who recited it for her
just to say we must learn
to bear the pleasures
as we have borne the pains

11. I Am a Woman

       by Alexandra Mor

As a designer,
I have always been fascinated by the interplay
between people and objects of design.
The responses change over the years,
and with this in mind, my collections
become tangible reflections
of my own journey,
as a woman to this day.

12. The Night of the Scorpion

       by Nissim Ezekiel

I watched the flame feeding on my mother.
I watched the holy man perform his rites to tame the poison with an incantation.
After twenty hours
it lost its sting.
My mother only said
Thank God the scorpion picked on me
And spared my children.

13. Women Pride

       by Penpal

We don’t dare to appreciate her
We don’t care to her feelings,
Nor her dreams.
She swallows her pride
To serve us might.

14. Still I Rise

       by Maya Angelou

You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise.
Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
’Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.
Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I’ll rise.
Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops,
Weakened by my soulful cries?
Does my haughtiness offend you?
Don’t you take it awful hard
’Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines
Diggin’ in my own backyard.
You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise.
Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I’ve got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?
Out of the huts of history’s shame
I rise
Up from a past that’s rooted in pain
I rise
I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
I rise
Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear
I rise
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
I rise
I rise
I rise.

15. Won’t You Celebrate with Me

       by Lucille Clifton

won’t you celebrate with me
what i have shaped into
a kind of life? i had no model.
born in babylon
both nonwhite and woman
what did i see to be except myself?
i made it up
here on this bridge between
starshine and clay,
my one hand holding tight
my other hand; come celebrate
with me that everyday
something has tried to kill me

and has failed.

16. An Introduction

       by Kamala Das

…it is I who lie dying
With a rattle in my throat. I am sinner,
I am saint. I am the beloved and the
Betrayed. I have no joys that are not yours, no
Aches which are not yours. I too call myself I.

17. Let Me not Lose My Dream

       by Georgia Douglas Johnson

Let me not lose my dream, e’en though I scan the veil
with eyes unseeing through their glaze of tears,
Let me not falter, though the rungs of fortune perish
as I fare above the tumult, praying purer air,
Let me not lose the vision, gird me, Powers that toss
the worlds, I pray!
Hold me, and guard, lest anguish tear my dreams away!

Inspirational Poems about Women

Inspirational poems about women have the power to uplift spirits and spark change. These verses exude strength, resilience, and the indomitable spirit of women, offering a source of motivation for all.

1. A Woman’s Worth

       by Maya Angelou

Women, when you have children,
You will be more than yourself.
When you become a mother,
You will be the sun and moon and stars.

2. She’s Strong

       by Anonymous

She’s strong, she’s brave, she’s kind, she’s true,
She’s everything you could ever ask for,
And more than you deserve.

3. A Woman’s Dream

       by Langston Hughes

I have a dream,
A woman’s dream,
A dream of love and peace and harmony,
A dream of a world where all women are free.

4. She is the Dawn

       by Anonymous

She is the dawn,
Breaking through the darkness,
Bringing light and hope to the world.

5. She is a Force

       by Anonymous

She is a force to be reckoned with,
A powerful and unstoppable force.
She is a woman.

6. She is a Warrior

       by Anonymous

She is a warrior,
Fighting for her rights and the rights of others.
She is strong and fearless,
And she will never give up.

7. She is a Survivor

       by Anonymous

She is a survivor,
Overcoming any obstacle in her path.
She is resilient and determined,
And she is an inspiration to us all.

8. She is a Leader

       by Anonymous

She is a leader,
Guiding and inspiring others.
She is wise and compassionate,
And she is making the world a better place.

9. She is a Mother

       by Anonymous

She is a mother,
Nurturing and caring for her children.
She is selfless and loving,
And she is the heart of her family.

10. She is a Woman

       by Anonymous

She is a woman,
And she is amazing.
She is strong, she is brave, she is kind, she is true.
She is everything you could ever ask for,
And more than you deserve.

11. A Woman’s Power

       by Anonymous

A woman’s power is not in her physical strength,
But in her inner strength.
It is not in her beauty,
But in her kindness and compassion.
It is not in her wealth,
But in her wisdom and knowledge.
A woman’s power is limitless,
And it is a force to be reckoned with.

12. The Lady of Shalott

       by Alfred Lord Tennyson

In days of yore,
When tales were told
And legends lived and grew,
There dwelt a lady fair and bright,
In the castle of Shalott.

13. Ophelia

       by John Milton

Like a melancholy maiden,
With a garland of green leaves,
Whom lovely Apollo, god of song,
Hath led astray,
Deceiving her sad soul.

14. Eve Addresses Adam

       by Robert Frost

Out through the garden gate,
A river flowed away,
Through regions where they say
Man never wandered yet.

15. Sonnet 18

       by William Shakespeare

Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer’s lease hath all too short a date:

16. To His Coy Mistress

       by Andrew Marvell

Had we but world enough, and time,
This coyness, lady, were no crime.
We would sit down, and think which way
To walk, and pass our long love’s day.

17. The Passionate Shepherd to His Love

       by Christopher Marlowe

Come live with me and be my love,
And we will all the pleasures prove
That valleys, groves, hills, and fields,
Woods, or steepy mountain yields.

18. The Wife of the Centaur

       by Edna St. Vincent Millay

Oh, Diomed, that fiercest of men,
Who didst storm heaven and bring back Mars,
What dost thou know of love, O man of war?
Naught, save the love of arms and strife afar.

19. The Ballad of the White Horse

       by G.K. Chesterton:

The trees were dark, the night was cold,
The moon had gone, the stars were old,
The sea was loud, the wind was bold,
And in the darkness fared a maid.

20. The Highwayman

       by Alfred Noyes

The highwayman came riding—
He’d a French cocked-hat on his forehead,
And he sang a song to the moon.

21. Annabel Lee

       by Edgar Allan Poe

It was many and many a year ago,
In a kingdom by the sea,
That a maiden there lived whom you may know
By the name of Annabel Lee;

22. Obsessive

       by Marvin Bell

It could be a clip, it could be a comb;
it could be your mother, coming home.  
It could be a rooster; perhaps it’s a comb;  
it could be your father, coming home.  
It could be a paper; it could be a pin.  
It could be your childhood, sinking in.

The toys give off the nervousness of age.  
It’s useless pretending they aren’t finished:  
faces faded, unable to stand,
buttons lost down the drain during baths.  
Those were the days we loved down there,  
the soap disappearing as the water spoke,

saying, it could be a wheel, maybe a pipe;  
it could be your father, taking his nap.
Legs propped straight, the head tilted back;  
the end was near when he could keep track.
It could be the first one; it could be the second;  
the father of a friend just sickened and sickened.

23. Nostalgia

       by Billy Collins

Remember the 1340s? We were doing a dance called the Catapult.
You always wore brown, the color craze of the decade,
and I was draped in one of those capes that were popular,
the ones with unicorns and pomegranates in needlework.
Everyone would pause for beer and onions in the afternoon,
and at night we would play a game called “Find the Cow.”
Everything was hand-lettered then, not like today.

Where has the summer of 1572 gone? Brocade and sonnet
marathons were the rage. We used to dress up in the flags
of rival baronies and conquer one another in cold rooms of stone.
Out on the dance floor we were all doing the Struggle
while your sister practiced the Daphne all alone in her room.
We borrowed the jargon of farriers for our slang.
These days language seems transparent, a badly broken code.

The 1790s will never come again. Childhood was big.
People would take walks to the very tops of hills
and write down what they saw in their journals without speaking.
Our collars were high and our hats were extremely soft.
We would surprise each other with alphabets made of twigs.
It was a wonderful time to be alive, or even dead.

I am very fond of the period between 1815 and 1821.
Europe trembled while we sat still for our portraits.
And I would love to return to 1901 if only for a moment,
time enough to wind up a music box and do a few dance steps,
or shoot me back to 1922 or 1941, or at least let me
recapture the serenity of last month when we picked
berries and glided through afternoons in a canoe.

Even this morning would be an improvement over the present.
I was in the garden then, surrounded by the hum of bees
and the Latin names of flowers, watching the early light
flash off the slanted windows of the greenhouse
and silver the limbs on the rows of dark hemlocks.

As usual, I was thinking about the moments of the past,
letting my memory rush over them like water
rushing over the stones on the bottom of a stream.
I was even thinking a little about the future, that place
where people are doing a dance we cannot imagine,
a dance whose name we can only guess.

24. Words from Confinement

       by Cesare Pavese

We would go down to the fish market early
to cleanse our vision: the fish were silver,
and scarlet, and green, and the color of sea.
The fish were lovelier than even the sea
with its silvery scales. We thought of return.

Lovely too the women with jars on their heads,
olive-brown clay, shaped softly like thighs:
we each thought of our women, their voices,
their laughs, the way they walked down the street.
And each of us laughed. And it rained on the sea.

In vineyards that cling to cracks in the earth,
water softens the leaves and the grape-stems. The sky
is colored by occasional clouds that redden
with pleasure and sun. On earth, flavors and smells;
in the sky, color. And we were alone there.

We thought of return the way a man thinks
of morning after an utterly sleepless night.
We took pleasure in the color of fish and the glisten
of fruit, all so alive in the musk of the sea.
We were drunk on the thought of impending return.

Short Poems about Women

Short poems about women pack a punch with brevity. These concise yet impactful verses capture the essence of women’s experiences, emotions, and strength in a few carefully chosen words.

1. The First Woman

       by Bo Lanier

Woman was the first
gift to man
the most gracious.

2. To a Young Lady

       by William Cowper

Her home is on the deep.
She loves the lord of the unerring bow,
The god of life, and light, and poesy.

3. Woman’s Love

       by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

For the dear God who loveth us,
He made and loveth all.”

4. Woman’s Constancy

       by John Donne

Now thou hast loved me one whole day,
To-morrow when thou leav’st, what wilt thou say?
Wilt thou then antedate some new-made vow?
Or say that now
We are not just those persons which we were?

5. To the Virtuous Woman

       by Phyllis Wheatley

When all thy heart-strings crack, and still
Their last expiring tension feel,
‘Tis virtue’s not to give them way,
But let them break and tear away.

6. Woman

       by Walter Savage Landor

O woman, in our hours of ease
Uncertain, coy, and hard to please,
When pain and anguish wring the brow,
A ministering angel thou!

7. On Woman

       by Robert Herrick

Man, born of a woman’s breast,
Hath found his grave but not his rest.

8. To the Ladies

       by Mary Barber

Fair sex! you raise, with your decrials,
A laugh at those poor silly vials.

9. A Woman’s Question

       by Lena Lathrop

Do you ask what the birds say? The Sparrow, the Dove,
The Linnet, and Thrush say, “I love and I love!”
In the winter they’re silent—the wind is so strong;
What it says, I don’t know, but it sings a loud song.

10. Woman’s Rights

       by Mary Howitt

For where men’s rights are scarcely known,
Where all their crimes and woes are tell;
Where woman’s rights have been full blown,
O, there they’ve said farewell to well.

11. Woman’s Love

       by George Gordon, Lord Byron

Though the day of my destiny’s over,
And the star of my fate hath declined,
Thy soft heart refused to discover
The faults which so many could find.

12. A Woman’s Hopes

       by Alice Cary

Our hopes are made of such as these;
Then, have no fears, for I am still
Your friend and lover, and with ease
Will bend me to your gentle will.

13. Woman

       by Louis Simpson

The earth leans on you. Your job is
To keep the planet in orbit.
If you do it with elegance and
art, the world is better for it.

14. Ode to a Woman

       by Anonymous

Ode to a woman, strong and true,
With a heart of gold and eyes so blue.
She’s a force to be reckoned with,
A force that can’t be missed.

She’s the mother of all life,
The nurturer, the guide.
She’s the one who stands by us,
Through thick and through thin.

Ode to a woman, strong and wise,
With a spirit that never dies.
She’s the light in the darkness,
The beacon of hope.

15. Woman of Grace

       by Anonymous

Woman of grace, with flowing hair,
Your beauty is beyond compare.
Your eyes sparkle like the stars,
Your smile warms the coldest hearts.

Woman of grace, with gentle touch,
Your love is like a healing dove.
You lift us up when we’re down,
And turn our frowns into crowns.

Woman of grace, with heart so pure,
You’re the blessing we adore.
May your light forever shine,
And your beauty forever entwine.

16. Woman of Courage

       by Anonymous

Woman of courage, with spirit bold,
Your strength is unmatched, your story untold.
You’ve faced adversity with grace,
And left your mark on this time and place.

Woman of courage, with heart ablaze,
Your passion inspires, your spirit amazes.
You’re a beacon of hope, a shining light,
Leading us forward, into the night.

Woman of courage, we stand with you,
In solidarity, hand in hand.
Together we’ll rise, together we’ll soar,
Creating a future we all adore.

17. Woman of Wisdom

       by Anonymous

Woman of wisdom, with eyes that see,
Beyond the surface, beyond the debris.
You’ve lived a life of joy and pain,
And your wisdom is a treasure to gain.

Woman of wisdom, with words so wise,
Your guidance helps us to rise.
You teach us to love, to forgive,
To live each day to the fullest, to strive.

Woman of wisdom, we thank you for all,
For your love, your support, for your call.
May your wisdom forever shine bright,
Guiding us through the darkest night.

18. Woman of Wonder

       by Anonymous

Woman of wonder, with spirit so free,
You dance to the beat of your own melody.
Your creativity flows like a river,
Your imagination knows no barrier.

Woman of wonder, with heart so kind,
You leave a trail of joy behind.
You make the world a better place,
With your grace, your love, your embrace.

Woman of wonder, we celebrate you,
For all that you are, for all that you do.
May your wonder never cease,
And your spirit forever release.

19. Woman of Strength

       by Anonymous

Woman of strength, with shoulders broad,
You carry the weight of the world, and more.
Your resilience is unmatched,
Your power, unmatched.

Woman of strength, with spirit unbreakable,
You rise from the ashes, unstoppable.
You’re a symbol of hope, a beacon of light,
Inspiring us all to fight.

Woman of strength, we stand with you,
In solidarity, hand in hand.
Together we’ll create a better world,
Where everyone’s dreams can unfurl.

Powerful Poems about Women

Powerful woman poems harness the potency of words to celebrate the formidable strength, unwavering courage, and the incredible influence women possess in society and beyond.

1. Woman

       by Anonymous

Woman, you are a mystery,
A wonder to behold,
A tapestry of strength and grace,
A story yet untold.

In your eyes, I see the world,
In your heart, I find my home,
In your touch, I feel alive,
In your love, I’m never alone.

Woman, you are my everything,
My partner, my friend, my lover,
My confidante, my rock, my guide,
I’m so grateful to have you in my life.

2. She is Strong

       by Anonymous

She is strong, she is brave,
She is the one who will save.
She is the one who will stand tall,
When others would fall.

She is the one who will fight,
For what she knows is right.
She is the one who will never give up,
Even when it’s tough.

She is a mother, a daughter, a sister,
A friend, a lover, a teacher.
She is a woman, and she is strong.

3. Rise, Woman

       by Anonymous

Rise, woman, rise,
Let your voice be heard.
Rise, woman, rise,
Let your light be seen.

You are the mother of the world,
The giver of life.
You are the nurturer, the healer, the guide.

You are the backbone of society,
The strength of the family.
You are the change-maker, the world-changer.

Rise, woman, rise,
And take your rightful place.

4. Woman, You Are Amazing

       by Anonymous

Woman, you are amazing,
From your head to your toes.
You are a gift to the world,
And your beauty shows.

You are strong and independent,
You are kind and compassionate.
You are intelligent and creative,
You are simply amazing.

So hold your head high, dear woman,
And know that you are loved and appreciated.

5. A Woman’s Wort

       by Anonymous

A woman’s worth is beyond measure,
She is a treasure beyond compare.
Her strength, her grace, her love, her nurture,
Are gifts she shares beyond compare.

She is the mother of all life,
The nurturer, the guide.
She is the one who stands by us,
Through thick and through thin.

She is the glue that holds us together,
The foundation on which we stand.
She is the light in the darkness,
The beacon of hope.

So cherish the women in your life,
For they are truly a blessing.

6. She is a Warrior

       by Anonymous

She is a warrior, with a heart of gold,
She fights for what she believes in, and she’s never old.
She’s strong and independent, and she’s not afraid,
To stand up for what’s right, even when it’s swayed.

She’s a role model for others, and she inspires us all,
To be brave, to be strong, and to never fall.
She’s a warrior, and she’s here to stay,
To make the world a better place, in her own way.

7. She is a Goddess

       by Anonymous

She is a goddess, with a radiant glow,
Her beauty shines from the inside, and it shows.
She is confident and self-assured,
She knows her worth, and she’s never cured.

She is a force to be reckoned with,
She’s unstoppable, she’s a myth.
She’s a goddess, and she’s here to stay,
To inspire us all, to light the way.

8. She is a Queen

       by Anonymous

She is a queen, with a crown of grace,
She rules her kingdom with love and embrace.
She’s wise and compassionate, she’s strong and fair,
She’s a queen, beyond compare.

She leads with her heart, and she inspires with her soul,
She’s a role model for others, she makes us whole.
She’s a queen, and she’s here to stay,
To make the world a better place, in her own way.

9. The Woman in Me

       by Juliette Gordon Low

I find myself in a thousand faces
In the heart of every woman.
I see myself in those around me.
No matter their birthplace or religion.

10. A Woman’s Love

       by William Wordsworth

Her body is an hourglass, and her love
Is the sand to fill it.
We have the power to shape our world
With love as the hourglass that molds us.

11. To Women

       by Walt Whitman

Who loves me?
Who is it that says to me:
There is nothing better than your love.
And when it’s said
I know
A love such as that
Can do the impossible.

12. I Am Woman

       by Nikki Giovanni

I am woman
But I am no man’s mistress.
I am the sweetness in the honey
The blossom in the peach.
I am the heat that scalds the tongue
And the salt that seasons the stew.
I am the medicine
And the poison.

13. Womanhood

       by Margery St. Leger

For in woman’s inner self
The spirits gather and stealthily reveal
The hidden glory of the world.

14. To a Woman

       by Edgar Allan Poe

I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of being and ideal grace.

15. The Strongest Woman

       by Radclyffe Hall

She walks in strength and dignity,
And the world should stand in awe of her.
The power in her eyes
Can tear down walls and heal the wounds
Of the world.

16. Woman’s Power

       by John Quincy Adams

Woman’s power is in her wit,
Not in her body.
The strength of the earth is in her hands,
And in her heart, the world’s healing.

17. A Woman’s Voice

       by Sappho

A woman’s voice is her weapon
In the battle of life.
It is the key to her strength,
The source of her power.

18. The Slave Girl’s Song

       by Lydia Maria Child

Woman was born to suffer

Her sufferings lead to her strength

And she is a queen among women

A woman is like a tree

19. To a Woman

       by William Carlos Williams

The boy loved her
and on the leafy path
he left her
knowing that love
brought suffering
but that a man
and a woman
must love
if they
were to bear

20. Strong Women

       by Catherine Meeks

Strong women
Take the world in their hands
And make it their own.
With strength and grace
They create a new world
A world where women are
Valued and cherished.

21. Women’s Work

       by Olive Schreiner

When the world was asleep
In the early morning,
With the stars in her eyes
And the moon in her hair,
She woke up to a new day
A new world.

22. A Woman’s Love

       by Dorothy Parker

A woman’s love is like a fire
Burning with a passion
That will never fade.
It’s a love that’s true and strong
That will stand the test of time.

Poems about Women Empowerment

Poems about women empowerment stand as a testament to the tireless fight for gender equality and women’s rights. These verses ignite the flames of change, inspiring all to support and uplift women.

1. She is Unstoppable

       by Anonymous

She is unstoppable, she is a force,
She’s breaking down walls, she’s changing the course.
She’s breaking free from the chains that bind,
She’s leaving her mark, she’s shining her light.

She is unstoppable, she is a queen,
She’s reclaiming her power, she’s living her dream.
She’s standing tall, she’s speaking her truth,
She’s inspiring others, she’s lighting the way.

2. She is Empowered

       by Anonymous

She is empowered, she is free,
She’s living her life to the fullest, you see.
She’s not afraid to be herself,
She’s confident, she’s wise, she’s on the shelf.

She’s taking charge of her destiny,
She’s creating her own reality.
She’s not waiting for permission to shine,
She’s making her own magic, she’s divine.

3. She is Worthy

       by Anonymous

She is worthy, she is loved,
She is blessed from above.
She is capable and strong,
She belongs, she belongs.

She is enough, she is complete,
She has everything she needs.
She is worthy, she is loved,
She is blessed from above.

4. She is a Leader

       by Anonymous

She is a leader, she inspires,
She sets the stage, she sets the fires.
She’s passionate and driven,
She’s on a mission, she’s living.

She’s paving the way for others,
She’s breaking down barriers, she’s a mother.
She’s a role model, she’s a guide,
She’s leading the charge, she’s taking the side.

5. She is Resilient

       by Anonymous

She is resilient, she stands tall,
She’s been through it all, she’s seen it all.
But she’s still here, she’s still fighting,
She’s a survivor, she’s igniting.

She’s picked herself up, she’s dusted herself off,
She’s stronger than ever, she’s taken a vow.
She’ll never give up, she’ll never give in,
She’s resilient, she’s about to win.

6. She is Hope

       by Anonymous

She is hope, she is light,
She’s shining bright, she’s taking flight.
She’s the one who believes in a better day,
She’s the one who shows us the way.

She’s the one who holds our hands,
When we can’t stand.
She’s the one who whispers in our ear,
“Don’t give up, my dear.”

She is hope, she is light,
She’s shining bright, she’s taking flight.

7. She is Magic

       by Anonymous

She is magic, she is divine,
She’s the power of the feminine.
She’s the creator, the nurturer, the healer,
She’s the mother of all that is realer.

She’s the moon, the sun, the stars,
She’s the rhythm of life, she’s near and far.
She’s the dance of the elements,
She’s the magic that transcends.

She is magic, she is divine,
She’s the power of the feminine.

8. She Rises

       by Anonymous

She rises from the ashes,
A phoenix in her own right,
With strength and grace, she marches,
Through the darkest of nights.
A woman empowered, unbroken,
She’s a force of nature, outspoken.

9. Unstoppable

       by Anonymous

She’s a river, wild and free,
Carving her path through history.
No obstacle can hold her down,
She wears her strength like a crown.
Empowered, she stands tall,
Breaking down every wall.

10. Fearless Woman

       by Anonymous

In the face of adversity, she stands strong,
Fearless and unyielding all along.
Empowerment courses through her veins,
She breaks through life’s chains.
A woman of courage, she’ll always fight,
For equality, with all her might.

11. A Woman’s Worth

       by Anonymous

She’s not defined by others’ views,
Her worth is not something to peruse.
Empowered, she knows her value,
She’s fierce, unapologetically true.
In her strength, she finds her place,
A woman of substance, full of grace.

12. The Voice Within

       by Anonymous

She listens to her inner voice,
Empowered, she makes her choice.
With determination and self-belief,
She conquers every challenge and grief.
A woman who knows her power,
She’ll rise, she’ll soar, and never cower.

13. Sisterhood

       by Anonymous

Together, hand in hand,
Women rise, a united band.
Empowered by each other’s side,
They break barriers far and wide.
Sisterhood, their strength and guide,
For equality, they’ll never hide.

14. Resilience

       by Anonymous

She’s been through storms, but she’s still here,
Empowerment is her shield, her spear.
Resilient and unbroken, she’s the sun,
Rising after every battle won.
A woman of strength, courage, and grace,
She’ll leave her mark in every place.

15. Phoenix Reborn

       by Anonymous

From the ashes of doubt and pain,
She emerges, empowered, once again.
Like a phoenix, she’ll rise and soar,
Stronger than she was before.
A woman of power, fire, and grace,
She’ll conquer any challenge she’ll face.

16. The Shattered Glass Ceiling

       by Anonymous

She shattered the glass ceiling high,
With determination reaching the sky.
Empowered by her breaking through,
Paving the way for me and you.
A woman’s strength knows no end,
She’s a leader, a mentor, a friend.

17. A Woman’s Dream

       by Anonymous

In her heart, a dream takes flight,
Empowered by her inner light.
With strength and hope, she’ll strive,
In a world where women will thrive.
A woman’s dream, a world set free,
A future where all can be who they want to be.

Poems about Women’s Beauty

Poems about women’s beauty explore the aesthetic, inner, and unique aspects of feminine charm. These verses celebrate the diverse definitions of beauty, reminding us of its depth and significance.

1. She Walks in Beauty

       by Lord Byron

She walks in beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that’s best of dark and bright
Meet in her aspect and her eyes.

2. A Dream Within a Dream

       by Edgar Allan Poe

Take this kiss upon the brow!
And, in parting from you now,
Thus much let me avow —
You are not wrong, who deem
That my days have been a dream.

3. She Is Fairest

       by Sir Philip Sidney

She is fairest when she’s cold,
And, though winter wraps her round,
Even with a chill she’s told
Not to freeze or hide her face.

4. The Rose

       by Christina Rossetti

I plucked a rose for you, oh lovely one,
I plucked a rose for you.
I kissed the rose, the tenderest one,
Oh lovely, lovely rose.

5. She Walks in Beauty

       by F. Scott Fitzgerald

She walked in beauty like the night;
Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that’s best of dark and bright
Met in her aspect and her eyes.

6. Beautiful Women

       by Wallace Stevens

There’s nothing more beautiful, more sublime
Than a beautiful woman who doesn’t know.

7. Song

       by John Keats

I had a dove, and the sweet dove died;
And I have thought it died of grieving:
O, what could it grieve for? Its feet were tied,
With a silken thread of my own hand’s weaving.

8. Beauty and Beauty

       by Rupert Brooke

When Beauty and Beauty meet
All naked, fair to fair,
The earth is crying-sweet,
And scattering-bright the air,
Eddying, dizzying, closing round,
With soft and drunken laughter;
Veiling all that may befall
After — after —

9. My Mistress’ Eyes Are Nothing Like the Sun

       by William Shakespeare

My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun;
Coral is far more red than her lips’ red;
If snow be white, why then her breasts are dun;
If hairs be wires, black wires grow on her head.

10. The Look

       by Sara Teasdale

Strephon kissed me in the spring,
Robin in the fall,
But Colin only looked at me
And never kissed at all.

11. She Is So Pretty

       by Anonymous

She is so pretty
She is so fine
She loves everybody
And every body loves her
Is what they say

12. Touched by an Angel

       by Maya Angelou

We, unaccustomed to courage
Exiles from delight
Live coiled in shells of loneliness
Until love leaves its high holy temple
And comes into our sight
To liberate us into life.

13. Her Smile

       by Lang Leav

Her smile, it was a life that sang,
It was the dawn of everything.
Her eyes, they were a sparkling sun,
It was a love that never was.

14. Beauty

       by John Masefield

What is beauty, that it hides not
Some flaw or ugliness, is free
From the mark of sin, nor lies
Stricken, bruised, or scarred in some part?

15. She Was a Phantom of Delight

       by William Wordsworth

She was a Phantom of delight
When first she gleam’d upon my sight;
A lovely Apparition, sent
To be a moment’s ornament;
Her eyes as stars of Twilight fair;
Like Twilight’s, too, her dusky hair;

16. To a Young Beauty

       by Lord Byron

To a young beauty, sweet and wild,
With a nature as free as a mountain child,
With beauty and spirit, and blushes and hair,
That are the light and life of the place.

17. Blossom

       by Christina Rossetti

A breathless rose
Drifts by
On winds of sweet surprise
From where her blown cheek shows

18. A Thing of Beauty

       by John Keats

A thing of beauty is a joy forever:
Its loveliness increases; it will never
Pass into nothingness; but still will keep
A bower quiet for us, and a sleep
Full of sweet dreams, and health, and quiet breathing.

19. Woman’s Beauty

       by Anonymous

Her beauty is like the morning rose,
So pure and fresh it overflows.
Her eyes sparkle like the stars,
Her smile warms the coldest hearts.

20. Ode to a Woman’s Beauty

       by Anonymous

Ode to a woman’s beauty,
So delicate and fine.
Ode to a woman’s beauty,
One of a kind.

Your eyes are like pools of sapphire,
Your lips are like velvet soft.
Your hair is like a waterfall,
Your skin is like satin smooth.

You are a vision of beauty,
From your head down to your toes.
You are a work of art,
A masterpiece that glows.

21. Inner Beauty

       by Anonymous

True beauty comes from within,
From the heart and from the soul.
It’s a light that shines so bright,
It can make the whole world whole.

Her inner beauty is radiant,
It warms the hearts of all.
Her inner beauty is inspiring,
It makes us stand tall.

22. A Woman’s Grace

       by Anonymous

Her grace is like a gentle breeze,
That whispers through the trees.
Her grace is like a flowing stream,
That meanders through the green.

She moves with such elegance,
With poise and with finesse.
Her grace is a gift to behold,
It’s a treasure to possess.

23. A Woman’s Strength

       by Anonymous

Her strength is like a mountain tall,
Unwavering, unbreakable.
Her strength is like a mighty storm,
Indomitable, untameable.

She is strong in mind and body,
She is strong in heart and soul.
Her strength is an inspiration,
It makes us feel whole.

24. A Woman’s Resilience

       by Anonymous

Her resilience is like a willow tree,
Bends but never breaks.
Her resilience is like the Phoenix,
Rises from the ashes, awakes.

She has overcome so much,
Yet she still stands tall.
Her resilience is a testament,
To the strength that lies within all.

25. A Woman’s Wisdom

       by Anonymous

Her wisdom is like an ancient oak,
Deeply rooted, strong and sure.
Her wisdom is like a flowing river,
Ever-changing, ever pure.

She has learned so much from life,
And she shares her knowledge with all.
Her wisdom is a gift to us all,
It helps us stand tall.

26. A Woman’s Creativity

       by Anonymous

Her creativity is like a boundless sea,
Ever-flowing, ever-changing.
Her creativity is like a soaring bird,
Free to take flight, rearranging.

She creates beauty in all she does,
With her hands, her heart, her soul.
Her creativity is a gift to us all,
It makes the world whole.

27. A Woman’s Compassion

       by Anonymous

Her compassion is like a gentle rain,
Nourishing all it touches.
Her compassion is like a warm embrace,
Comforting and soothing.

She has a heart of gold,
And she cares for others so deep.
Her compassion is a gift to us all,
It makes the world a better place to sleep.

28. A Woman’s Love

       by Anonymous

Her love is like a mighty ocean,
Deep and boundless, pure and true.
Her love is like a shining star,
Guiding us through the night, dark and blue.

She loves us unconditionally,
With all her heart and soul.
Her love is a gift to us all,
It makes us feel whole.

29. A Woman’s Smile

       by Anonymous

Her smile is like a ray of sunshine,
Warming our hearts, making us glow.
Her smile is like a gentle breeze,
Whispering secrets we all should know.

She smiles with her eyes,
And she smiles with her soul.
Her smile is a gift to us all,
It makes us feel whole.

30. A Woman’s Eyes

       by Anonymous

Her eyes are like pools of sapphire,
Deep and mysterious, holding secrets.
Her eyes are like sparkling stars,
Guiding us through the darkest nights.

She looks at us with love,
And she looks at us with wisdom.
Her eyes are a gift to us all,
They show us the world as it is.

Poems about Women’ Strength

Poems about women’s strength illuminate the resilience, determination, and unyielding power that women embody. These verses pay homage to the inner fortitude that carries women through life’s challenges.

1. Ode to a Woman’s Strength

       by Anonymous

Ode to a woman’s strength,
So fierce and unyielding,
A force to be reckoned with,
A spirit ever shielding.

You carry the weight of the world,
With grace and with ease,
Your resilience is unmatched,
Your power never ceases.

Through trials and tribulations,
You rise above the rest,
A beacon of hope and courage,
You’re simply the best.

2. A Woman’s Power

       by Anonymous

Her power is like a mighty storm,
Indomitable, untameable.
Her power is like a raging fire,
Passionate, unquenchable.

She wields her power with wisdom,
With grace and with compassion.
She is a force to be reckoned with,
A leader of tomorrow’s fashion.

3. A Woman’s Courage

       by Anonymous

Her courage is like a mountain tall,
Unwavering, unbreakable.
Her courage is like a mighty shield,
Protecting all that’s fragile.

She faces her fears head-on,
With bravery and with might.
Her courage is an inspiration,
It shines like a beacon in the night.

4. A Woman’s Determination

       by Anonymous

Her determination is like a steel beam,
Strong and unwavering.
Her determination is like a raging river,
Powerful and unfaltering.

She sets her mind to something,
And she won’t stop until it’s done.
Her determination is an inspiration,
It shows us what can be won.

5. A Woman’s Leadership

       by Anonymous

She leads with wisdom and compassion,
With strength and with grace.
She is a role model for us all,
She sets the standard, she sets the pace.

She inspires us to be our best,
To reach for our dreams, to soar high.
She is a true leader,
And we are grateful to have her by our side.

6. A Woman’s Motherhood

       by Anonymous

Her motherhood is a gift,
A blessing beyond compare.
She nourishes and protects,
With love and tender care.

She teaches us to walk,
To talk, to dream, to fly.
Her motherhood is a treasure,
That we will always cherish by.

7. A Woman’s Friendship

       by Anonymous

Her friendship is a treasure,
A bond that cannot be broken.
She is always there for us,
Through thick and through thin, unspoken.

She makes us laugh, she makes us cry,
She knows us inside and out.
Her friendship is a gift,
That we will always treasure, without doubt.

8. A Woman’s Love

       by Anonymous

Her love is like a warm embrace,
Comforting and soothing.
Her love is like a gentle breeze,
Whispering secrets, soothing.

She loves us unconditionally,
With all her heart and soul.
Her love is a gift,
That makes us feel whole.

9. Beware, Honey

       by Sandra Cisneros

I’m an aim-well,
loose woman.
Beware, honey.

10. It’s Your Flaw I Want to Taste

       by Lora Mathis

It’s your flaws
I want to taste.
Your crooked mouth.
The way you smell after
being out all day.
The lump in your throat.
Your shaky hands.
Your morning breath.
Your prickly legs.
Your pimpled politeness.
Your tangled hair.
I don’t want to be able to
run my fingers through you
easily. It’s no fun writing
about perfections.
I want to talk about you-

11. Ego Tripping

       by Nikki Giovanni

I was born in the congo
I walked to the fertile crescent and built
the sphinx
I designed a pyramid so tough that a star
that only glows every one hundred years falls
into the center giving divine perfect light

I am bad
I sat on the throne
drinking nectar with allah
I got hot and sent an ice age to europe
to cool my thirst
My oldest daughter is nefertiti
the tears from my birth pains
created the nile

I am a beautiful woman
I gazed on the forest and burned
out the sahara desert
with a packet of goat’s meat
and a change of clothes
I crossed it in two hours
I am a gazelle so swift

so swift you can’t catch me

For a birthday present when he was three
I gave my son hannibal an elephant
He gave me rome for mother’s day

My strength flows ever on

My son noah built new/ark and
I stood proudly at the helm
as we sailed on a soft summer day
I turned myself into myself and was
men intone my loving name
All praises All praises

I am the one who would save

I sowed diamonds in my back yard
My bowels deliver uranium
the filings from my fingernails are
semi-precious jewels
On a trip north
I caught a cold and blew
My nose giving oil to the arab world
I am so hip even my errors are correct
I sailed west to reach east and had to round off
the earth as I went
The hair from my head thinned and gold was laid

across three continents

I am so perfect so divine so ethereal so surreal
I cannot be comprehended

except by my permission

I mean…I…can fly

like a bird in the sky…

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12. Ain’t I a Woman?

       by Sojourner Truth

That man over there says that women need to be helped into carriages,
and lifted over ditches,
and to have the best place everywhere.
Nobody ever helps me into carriages,
or over mud-puddles,
or gives me any best place!

And ain’t I a woman?

Look at me!
Look at my arm!
I have ploughed and planted,
and gathered into barns,
and no man could head me!

And ain’t I a woman?

I could work as much
and eat as much as a man –
when I could get it –
and bear the lash as well!

And ain’t I a woman?

I have borne thirteen children,
and seen most all sold off to slavery,
and when I cried out with my mother’s grief,
none but Jesus heard me!

And ain’t I a woman?

Then they talk about this thing in the head;
what’s this they call it? [member of audience whispers, “intellect”]
That’s it, honey.
What’s that got to do with women’s rights
or Negroes’ rights?
If my cup won’t hold but a pint,
and yours holds a quart,
wouldn’t you be mean
not to let me have my little half measure full?

Then that little man in black there,
he says women can’t have as much rights as men,
’cause Christ wasn’t a woman!
Where did your Christ come from?
Where did your Christ come from?
From God and a woman!

Man had nothing to do with Him.

If the first woman God ever made
was strong enough to turn the world upside down all alone,
these women together ought to be able to turn it back,
and get it right side up again!
And now they is asking to do it,

the men better let them.

Obliged to you for hearing me,
and now old Sojourner

ain’t got nothing more to say.

13. The Courage That My Mother Had

       by Edna St. Vincent Millay

The courage that my mother had
Went with her, and is with her still:
Rock from New England quarried;

Now granite in a granite hill.

The golden brooch my mother wore
She left behind for me to wear;
I have no thing I treasure more:

Yet, it is something I could spare.

Oh, if instead she’d left to me
The thing she took into the grave!—
That courage like a rock, which she
Has no more need of, and I have.

14. The Journey

       by Mary Oliver

One day you finally knew
what you had to do, and began,
though the voices around you
kept shouting
their bad advice —
though the whole house
began to tremble
and you felt the old tug
at your ankles.
“Mend my life!”
each voice cried.
But you didn’t stop.
You knew what you had to do,
though the wind pried
with its stiff fingers
at the very foundations,
though their melancholy
was terrible.
It was already late
enough, and a wild night,
and the road full of fallen
branches and stones.
But little by little,
as you left their voices behind,
the stars began to burn
through the sheets of clouds,
and there was a new voice
which you slowly
recognized as your own,
that kept you company
as you strode deeper and deeper
into the world,
determined to do
the only thing you could do —
determined to save
the only life you could save.

15. Sadie and Maud

       by Gwendolyn Brooks

Maud went to college.
Sadie stayed home.
Sadie scraped life
With a fine toothed comb.
She didn’t leave a tangle in.
Her comb found every strand.
Sadie was one of the livingest chits
In all the land.
Sadie bore two babies
Under her maiden name.
Maud and Ma and Papa
Nearly died of shame.
When Sadie said her last so-long
Her girls struck out from home.
(Sadie had left as heritage
Her fine-toothed comb.)
Maud, who went to college,
Is a thin brown mouse.
She is living all alone
In this old house.

16. Her Kind

       by Anne Sexton

I have gone out, a possessed witch,
haunting the black air, braver at night;
dreaming evil, I have done my hitch
over the plain houses, light by light:
lonely thing, twelve-fingered, out of mind.
A woman like that is not a woman, quite.
I have been her kind.
I have found the warm caves in the woods,
filled them with skillets, carvings, shelves,
closets, silks, innumerable goods;
fixed the suppers for the worms and the elves:
whining, rearranging the disaligned.
A woman like that is misunderstood.
I have been her kind.
I have ridden in your cart, driver,
waved my nude arms at villages going by,
learning the last bright routes, survivor
where your flames still bite my thigh
and my ribs crack where your wheels wind.
A woman like that is not ashamed to die.
I have been her kind.

17. Fire

       by Nikita Gill

Remember what you must do
when they undervalue you,
when they think
your softness is your weakness,
when they treat your kindness
like it is their advantage.
You awaken
every dragon,
every wolf,
every monster
that sleeps inside of you
and you remind them
what hell looks like
when it wears the skin
of a gentle human.

18. When You Fall for a Man Who Could Never Love You

       by Aman Batra

When you fall for a man who could never love you
don’t say I didn’t warn you
when you fuck your way to his heart
and find broken chandeliers
from every time he was hung
and cut down while still shining
don’t say I didn’t warn you
Be foolish
Be foolish
Be foolish
burn down the caution signs
bulldoze the barriers between his past
and your passion
it’s the only way you’ll learn
you’re not his firefighter
it’s not your job to save him

19. To The Indifferent Woman

       by Charlotte Anne Gilman Perkins

You who are happy in a thousand homes,
Or overworked therein, to a dumb peace;
Whose souls are wholly centered in the life
Of that small group you personally love;
Who told you that you need not know or care
About the sin and sorrow of the world?

Do you believe the sorrow of the world
Does not concern you in your little homes? —
That you are licensed to avoid the care
And toil for human progress, human peace,
And the enlargement of our power of love
Until it covers every field of life?

The one first duty of all human life
Is to promote the progress of the world
In righteousness, in wisdom, truth and love;
And you ignore it, hidden in your homes,
Content to keep them in uncertain peace,
Content to leave all else without your care.

Yet you are mothers! And a mother’s care
Is the first step toward friendly human life.
Life where all nations in untroubled peace
Unite to raise the standard of the world
And make the happiness we seek in homes
Spread everywhere in strong and fruitful love.

You are content to keep that mighty love
In its first steps forever; the crude care
Of animals for mate and young and homes,
Instead of pouring it abroad in life,
Its mighty current feeding all the world
Till every human child can grow in peace.

You cannot keep your small domestic peace
Your little pool of undeveloped love,
While the neglected, starved, unmothered world
Struggles and fights for lack of mother’s care,
And its tempestuous, bitter, broken life
Beats in upon you in your selfish homes.

We all may have our homes in joy and peace
When woman’s life, in its rich power of love
Is joined with man’s to care for all the world.

20. The Kindest Words

       by Rumi Kapur

The kindest words my father said to me
Women like you drown oceans.

Final Thoughts

In this tapestry of poems about women, we’ve unraveled a myriad of emotions, tributes, and celebrations of the feminine spirit.

From the immortal words of Maya Angelou to the contemporary verses of Amanda Gorman, each poem encapsulates the fierce yet gentle power of women.

In the world of poetry, your voice matters just as much as the verses themselves.

Poems for women continue to shape our understanding of their roles, contributions, and significance in society.

We invite you to explore these verses, resonate with their messages, and share your thoughts below.

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