The Grab

What was it that drew you to me?
Was it something on my face? –
the cute little smiles I made?
my fresh kissable lips?
the ripples on my cheeks?
the bewitching gap between my teeth?
Was it my long ebony hair
or my raised cheek bones?
my ears?
my nose?
my eyebrows?
What was it?

Was it when you saw me promenading along the shore,
my hands swiveling around my hips?
Oh yea? Was it my broad flexible hips?
my long silvery shanks?
my huge banks?
narrow waist?
laden breast’?
or was it something more?
Tell me darling, what was it?

Was it my charming voice,
sweeter than cans of honey?
or was it in how I looked at you
with my alluring sexy eyes?
Was it my softspokenness
or something beyond these?

What was it that drew you to me?
Was it those long gold earrings,
or the sparkling diamond necklace?
Was it that minidress
that revealed my brown thighs and calf,
or the sleeveless crop top
that uncovered my navel and midriff?
Was it my gentle shoulders
my nape?
my shin?
or brown skin?
What was it?
Tell me, Darling,
what was it that drew you to me?

Were these the grab
or was there something more?
You say I’ve grown old,
and so you’re looking away, to another;
away from this body
that bore you five children?
Because I’m wrinkled and drooping?

Listen Darling,
I am a woman,
and I believe my beauty is unreachable;
beyond my skin
beyond my face
beyond my hair
beyond my dressing
beyond…
lies the real me, the beautiful me,
the me that feeds your kids
and welcomes your visitors home;
so don’t just look at me,
and judge me by my physicals,
Darling.

(C) 2022 Lamittan Minsah, All rights reserved.

81 Comments

  1. Brilliant as always dear Lamittan. LOVE these lines.
    “beyond…
    lies the real me, the beautiful me” πŸ’•πŸ’•

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    1. Thank you many times, Grace. It’s joy to me that you liked this piece, and particularly these highlighted lines. Grateful for your kind compliment. πŸ’žπŸ˜πŸ’ž

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      1. You are so welcome. Love it.πŸ’•

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      2. Pleasure πŸ’žπŸ’šπŸ’žπŸ’šπŸ’ž

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  2. Simply wonderful ❣️

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    1. Thank you so much, Luisa πŸ’žβ€πŸ’ž

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      1. It’s well deserved praise! πŸ™‚

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      2. Oh sweet! The pleasure is all mine. πŸ€—

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  3. Jaya Avendel says:

    What an evocative piece that hurls me right into the atmosphere!

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    1. Many thanks to you, Jaya. I’m glad this piece resonated when with you. πŸ’ž

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    1. Thank you. Peace and wonderful blessings to you, dear friend. πŸ’•

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      1. Peace my friend.

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      2. Too. πŸ’–

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  4. Love the voice in this! πŸ‘πŸ‘

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    1. Thank you many times, Tricia. I’m glad you love it, dear. πŸ’–

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      1. My pleasure! ❣️

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  5. What a powerful piece, Lamittan!

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    1. I’m glad you find this piece powerful, dear Shruthi. Thank you many times. πŸ’–

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      1. You’re welcome!

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  6. Sadje says:

    Bravo! Excellent poem Lamittan. Women/ and men too, are much more than how the look and sound.

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    1. Indubitably true. Many thanks to you, Sadje my friend. πŸ™πŸ’–πŸ™

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      1. Sadje says:

        You’re most welcome Lamittan

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      2. Pleasure πŸ’žπŸ’šπŸ’žπŸ’šπŸ’ž

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  7. Jeff Flesch says:

    Gorgeous poetry, and message, dear Lam. Love it. ❀️❀️

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    1. Thank you many times, Jeff my friend. It’s wonderful indeed to wake up to your kind compliment here. ❀❀

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      1. Jeff Flesch says:

        You’re most welcome, Lam. It’s always my pleasure. Always. Have a lovely day. ❀️❀️

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      2. My pleasure too ❀❀ Have a lovely day as well, my friend. ❀

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      3. Jeff Flesch says:

        ❀️❀️❀️

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  8. Ingrid says:

    Beauty is so much more than skin deep!

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    1. Very true, my friend. Appreciate you! 😊

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  9. johncoyote says:

    Reblogged this on johncoyote and commented:
    Amazing poetry shared by a talented writer.

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    1. Oh thank you many times, John. I’m so glad you like this. What a kind and noteworthy compliment!

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      1. johncoyote says:

        I did enjoy and you are welcome Lamittan.

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      2. The pleasure is all mine.

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  10. johncoyote says:

    Hello Lamittan. A strong and wonderful poem shared. We must be kind to the people, who are kind to us.

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    1. Hello, John. You’re right, my friend. Kindness and love are important in all walks of life, even so in family and marriage as spoken here. Many thanks for noting, and for sharing.

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      1. johncoyote says:

        You are welcome Lamittan.

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      2. Pleasure πŸ’–πŸ’–

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  11. Daphny Aqua says:

    Darn I love this poem, I can completely resonate with it and Thank you so much for voicing this out dear. It is fantastic and simply stunning. ❀️❀️❀️

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    1. What a great pleasure to me hearing that you completely resonated with this poem, Daph. It’s encouraging and kind of you to say dear. Many thanks and feel most welcome too. πŸ’žβ€β€πŸ’ž

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      1. Daphny Aqua says:

        You’re most welcome Lam, bless us with more of your amazing words. ❀️

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      2. Oh thank you, Daph. That’s really encouraging. I sure will, dear. ❀❀

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      3. Daphny Aqua says:

        It is my pleasure πŸ€—β€οΈ

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      4. πŸ’žβ€β€πŸ’ž

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  12. Eugenia says:

    I love this poem, Lamittan! It’s all about real life and how inner beauty is more important than the facade. Bravo!

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    1. Oh sure it is! I’m glad you could actually see what my poem is really about. Many thanks to you, dear Eugi. You’re amazing. πŸ’–

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  13. You captured very small details in a beautiful way…loved it ❀❀

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    1. It’s pleasing to me knowing that you found this beautiful and loved it, Chandan. Many thanks to you for showing kindness. ❀❀

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      1. Thanks for always sharing this piece of writing ❀❀

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      2. Feel most welcome. I’m certainly overjoyed. ❀❀ Wow, you probably saw it on another platform too, right?

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      3. No my friend, I witnessed this creativity here only❀…but i am curious to know about other platforms where you publish your content…

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      4. I placed a bit of it on Writco where I also have a few poems and stories. Other works of mine are available on Amazon and Goodnovel and a good bulk just on this site. I’m happy you loved it, dear Chandan. ❀

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      5. That’s great Lamittan

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      6. 🌟🀝

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  14. What a wonderful message, Lamittan! We are more than the sum of our looks. Excellent expression. ❀️

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    1. Indeed so, my friend. Thank you so much for noting. Exactly my point here. ❀

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      1. You are welcome.

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      2. πŸ’žπŸ’šπŸ’žβ€β€πŸ’žπŸ’šπŸ’ž

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  15. KK says:

    What a brilliant write! Loved it my friend πŸ˜ŠπŸ’

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    1. Many thanks to you, my friend. β€β€πŸ™

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      1. KK says:

        My pleasure, my friend πŸ’–

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      2. πŸ’šπŸ’žβ€πŸ’žπŸ’š

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  16. Nancy Richy says:

    Good Lord! Not a real woman in this world who can’t relate to this! God blessed me with the type of man who doesn’t see me as i am now but as I was when we met a century ago! In each other’s eyes we have not changed, even if our bodies remind us daily that we have. What a beautiful tribute to women everywhere! Thank you for this lovely write.

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    1. Oh wow, I’m glad you resonated with and loved this. Thanks for your wonderful comment, and for your followback too. Glad to connect.

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  17. Jane Aguiar says:

    Wow! This is perfect for International Women’s Day. What a wonderful and sweet way to describe a woman. Love it, dear Lamittan. πŸ’ž

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    1. Oh my, you’ve amazed me with your stunning comments, dear Jane. I agree and many thanks to you, my friend. ❀

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      1. Jane Aguiar says:

        You are always welcome my dear friend. ❀️

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      2. Pleasure. 🌺❀🌺

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      3. Jane Aguiar says:

        ❀️❀️

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  18. A gorgeous poem, Lamittan and so befitting today being International Women’s Day. There are so many reasons to a woman, a complex creature she is.

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    1. Indeed! Many thanks to you, Shobana dear. I’m glad you find it befitting for this wonderful day.

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  19. Lamitan, your beguiling poem leads us on a journey to a very essential truth. Beauty may be what attracts us to each other initially, but is our inner selves that bind us together. Lovely poem for International Women’s Day. ❀

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    1. Oh dear, thank you so much for noting. I’m happy to read such a warm-hearted comment from you regarding this matter and to know that this poem does actually fit for IWD. Much gratitude. ❀

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  20. Mike U. says:

    What a tour de force tribute to women! You’ve outdone yourself, Lamittan–this is brilliant. Such deep respect you show here, and such truth. I’m reminded, sadly, of all my mom did for my dad and how disrespected she was by him (and much, much worse). She would have loved reading this poem–it really would have touched her heart and soul. πŸ™‚

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    1. Oh my senior brother, I’m moved by your compliment which touches the soul in its entirety. I’m sorry your mum had to undergo your dad’s ruthless self-styled demeanor and comportment. She’s is a hero to be lauded this day, because for your sake she took the insult in one hand and the austerity in another

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    2. And brooked it all, and lived to create a new story for you. I laud her efforts. May she be at peace wherever she is. I’m glad this poem resonates with her situation. Many thanks for your kind words.

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  21. This is a lovely poem, Lamittan. I loved the progression and the repeated question. Women (and men) are so much more than mere bodies, and hopefully we grow more beautiful on the inside as our outsides decline.

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    1. That is absolutely true, my friend D. You have stated it right. I’m certainly obliged for your invaluable kindness and support πŸ€—

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