I ... entered the poem of life, whose purpose is ... simply to witness the beauties of the world, to discover the many forms that love can take. (Barabara Blackman in 'Glass After Glass')

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17 March 2013

What Do Women Want?

Poor Sigmund!
Has no-one told you yet
what women want?
Perhaps it's because 
there are so many answers
to that question; perhaps
if you had a week or two ...

But here's an answer
I think true — we want
to be beautiful, seen 
to be beautiful, admired 
for our beauty. And 
we want to be loved 
for other qualities.

Submitted for Poets United's Verse First: Women


  1. I hate to admit that this is completely true. I'd like to think the outer form carried less significance; but vanity and value place on appearance seem ingrained.

  2. Yes!
    And yet, like Kim Nelson, I want none of beauty's traps, because to be beautiful also means to be an object for someone's pleasure.
    Ahhhh; we're so complicated.

  3. to be beautiful, seen
    to be beautiful, admired
    for our beauty. And
    we want to be loved

    I'm all for that, Rosemary! A pretty lady is a joy to be seen with and to love. No two ways about it! Nicely!


  4. yes tricky indeed - tell them they are beautiful but without implying you are only with them for that reason - and make it seem sincere or as if you do not just want something - hmmm i am sure I am missing something can I make it up to your later??

  5. You guys have confirmed my impression of the male point of view, lol. Ladies, I was trying to say that although we are conditioned to want to be seen as beautiful, we are smart enough to want to be loved for deeper, more lasting qualities.