In Her Words: Women Share “Songs of Myself” Original Poetry

Artwork created by a woman at Calvary

Brown Skin

Brown like bubbling brown sugar
Soft as silk

I love the skin I’m in

Brown skin, talk about your brown skin
I don’t know where yours ends or where mine begins

Like a deep pot of chocolate, smooth
Velvety, shiny, brown

 

 

Nose

I love to rub my nose
Against my granddaughter nose so that we bond together
Laughing and being happy, silly, just being us
My nose is big, brown
Hers is small, brown
When I rub my nose up against my granddaughter’s small brown pea nose
Rubbing in comparison to my big brown nose
Feeling like a cranberry muffin

 

 

Fall

Barren trees no green to be seen,
Indoors with family, you know what I mean,
Leaves changing into colors of three,
I’m making them in bundles, how tiresome it could be,
Cool breeze blowing nipping at me,
Coats and hats and scarves I can see,
Thanksgiving season is here, how nice,
Pumpkins and spice and everything nice.

 

Poems were written by women who live at Calvary during “Songs of Myself” – an 8-week creative writing class offered as part of our Lifeskills, Education and Arts (LEAP) program. Artwork included in this post was created by women at Calvary at an earlier date. 

Recent Posts

Back to Blog
March 13, 2020

Update about COVID-19 and Calvary Women's Ser…

Friends like you have kept the doors to Calvary Women’s Services open for more than 35 years through volunteer support, in-kind and financial donations, and more. Standing together, we have made sur…
December 4, 2019

Tianna's Heart

Tianna’s ‘Storm of Life’ Drawing Made During Her First LEAP Class Last week, Tianna was in her first health class at Calvary. The topic- physical and emotional health of the heart. A…
November 26, 2019

Calvary Women’s Services Opens New Housing…

Photos taken of the new Reach Up site during move-in day. WASHINGTON, D.C. – Calvary Women’s Services today announced the opening of a new housing program, Reach Up. As winter approaches and tempe…