EVERY WOMAN

Every woman should have,
Sufficient provision to take good care
Of herself and mind, if she doesn’t
She’ll fall victim of the unscrupulous

Every woman should have,
Something pleasant to wear
When indoors, when attending functions,
When standing before her Lord,
Or when strolling to pick condiments in the market

Every woman should have,
A little pen and handful of papers

Every woman should have,
A set of screwdrivers, a cordless drill, and
Handy tools for occasional DIY’s

Every woman should have,
A youth she’s content to leave behind,
A past juicy enough that she’s looking forward
To retelling it in her old age;
at least to her children

Every woman should have,
At least one friend who always makes her happy,
And one who lets her cry,

Every woman should have,
Matchbox, sets of matching plates,
Fine mugs, and a recipe for a meal,
That will make her guests feel honoured,

Every woman should have
A feeling of control
Over her destiny and destination,

Every woman should know,
How to fall in love
And how not to fall in love,

Every woman should know,
How to quit a job,
Stand through adversity,
And confront a friend,
Without ruining the friendship,

Every woman should know,
When to be firm,
And when to be flexible
When to try harder,
And when to walk away

Every woman should know,
That she can’t alter the length of her calves,
The width of her hips,
The nature of her parents,
Or the bossiness of the “other tribe”,

Every woman should know,
That her childhood may be uneventful,
But it’s over, and she has to move on womanfully.

Every woman should know,
What to do or what not to do
In the name of love,

Every woman should know,
How to live alone,
Even if she doesn’t like it,
How to live together with others,
Even if they enjoy it most

Every woman should know,
Whom she can trust,
Whom she can’t,
And why she shouldn’t fret at challenges,

Every woman should know,
Where to go,
When her crest falls,
When her hopes are dashed,
When her spirit is dampened
Or when she needs to be appeased

Every woman should know,
The difference between heart-breakers,
Heart-warmers, heart-menders and heart-jailers

Every woman should know,
What she can and can’t accomplish in a day,
A month or a year

Every woman should know,
What it means to be a teenager, a mother, a sister, a mistress
Or all at once when occasion warrants

Every woman should know,
When to talk and when not to,
When to inquire and when to understand
Without letting out a word

Every woman should know,
The evanescence of life,
The intransigence of glitz
And that victory has a price

Every woman should know,
How to naïveté a man despite his intelligence,
How to pamper a baby no matter how cantankerous,
And take care of an awkward aging mother.

Abdulateef Ahmed,
April 2009

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