Liberating Words: Myself

The poems in our ongoing “Liberating Words” series were written in an interdisciplinary course for high school juniors at The Winsor School, an all-girls school in Boston, Mass. The course, “The Personal Is Political: An Interdisciplinary Look at Feminism,” is co-taught by Libby Parsley, a History teacher, and Susanna Ryan, an English teacher. The second unit of the course focuses on the history and literature of second-wave feminism—the women’s liberation movement of the 1960’s and 70’s. Students read a compilation of poems by women writers from that period and then wrote their own poems; the assignment asked them to represent an issue or problem they see as central to 21st-century women’s experience through the very personal genre of poetry.

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by Maggie Donovan


Not for all

Is this all you see
When your eyes happen to fall on me?

My smile
My eyes
My hands
My feet

My attitude
My talents
My fears
My mood

There is more than what you first see
So take the time to notice them or don’t look at me.

Maggie Donovan is a junior at the Winsor School in Boston.

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  1. It is amazing how profoundly our physical appearance can determine the quality of our lives. If you find someone who can see who you are beyond your body shape, facial features, and physical assets (or lack thereof), then you are blessed. Fortunately, as we grow older, our true friends remain friends whether we gain or lose weight, lose all our hair, or even have trouble walking.

    The older you get, the more accepting you are (usually). Long time friends value our insights, our perspective, our intelligence, creativity, compassion, kindness, thoughtfulness, ability to forgive and forget, and our grace.

    Although I am 64 years old now, my best friends are still the four best friends that I made in high school. Apparently we were able to see each other’s worth even then. We have seen each other through many changes and upheavals, disappointments, and successes.

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