The Nonconformist

"Portrait of a Lady"
20" x 10" mixed media on canvas


~

I fled 
the maddening crowd
years ago

I walk
defiantly 
where they said
I could not tread

I sought
knowledge 
when they said
it was forbidden

I spoke 
up & out
when they said
I must be prim & quiet

I was
solitary
when they said 
I must be dependent

I cultivated
silence
when they said
I must be social

I worked
to better humanity
when they said
it was not my place
 
I shattered
the notions
they had 
on the only way to live

And I
did those things
all because
they said
a woman can't.


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