Take The Reins

Written for:  Poets United Midweek Motif~Empowerment
“I developed this empowerment motif because it’s women’s history month. While researching it, I discovered that most places in the world have initiatives for the empowerment of social groups such as people of color, youth, women, gender and sexual diversities, and the aging, the disabled, etc. Empowerment is also a huge goal for individuals. Of course, initiatives exist because of ongoing dis-empowerment. We seek solutions.”

“Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others.
Unfold your own myth.”
― Rumi

At what are you empowered?
What has contributed most to your empowerment?
Where would you like to see more (or less) empowerment?

Some people pick up
those empowerment reins
and never stop riding.
Others are pushed to it
by absolute need
for survival. I have
learned to accept
compliments with a
smile of satisfaction.
Aging is playing a
staring role in
the battle for self
-confidence. If I
do not speak up for
myself, and take those
reins, I will be left
in the dust of a new


About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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16 Responses to Take The Reins

  1. Sumana Roy says:

    May we all be empowered to survive at least.


  2. susanstoo says:

    This is superb! I’m sharing it.


  3. Awesome, Sara……yes, some of us get drafted. Smiles.


  4. Marja says:

    Love your poem. Yes aging has that effect on you. Fantastic last lines
    “If I do not speak up for
    myself, and take those
    reins, I will be left
    in the dust of a new


  5. sanaarizvi says:

    Beautiful! ❤️ May we all be empowered to face what life has in store 🙂


  6. Vivian Zems says:

    Fighting words, Sara!


  7. Marie Elena says:

    Oh, excellent! The message of the poem is great, and I am especially impressed with your creative, “I will be left in the dust of a new rider.”


  8. magicalmysticalteacher says:

    To be left in the dust: a terrible fate!


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