Becketwood Cooperative
An Active, Independent 55+ Community of Owners in Minneapolis

Woman (She Let Herself Be Loved)

By George Lundgren, Becketwood Member


Under the clothes

Where humanity lies

Warm and naked

Under the clothes

Where humanity lies

And lies to itself

About what’s wrong

And what’s right

And it’s right where she hates it

That he loves it

And she doesn’t understand

That how it looks to her

Is not how it looks to him

And he loves her

And she feels sad

That her body is different

Than that picture in her mind

That she saw in a magazine

And she thought she needed

And she thought she wanted

Because she knew she’d be happier

If  her body was like that.

But he loved her anyway

And she couldn’t let him

Because her mind saw a picture

That wasn’t her

That wasn’t her body

That wasn’t anybody

And she clutched the picture tightly

Because it was too scary to admit

That he just loved her.

That he just loved her

That he cared about her

That she didn’t need to be different

That he loved her

That it was time for her to love herself

And that was scary

And that was scary

And she cried

And he cried

And he held her close to him

And just held her

And she forgot

About her body not being right

And she forgot

And she let herself be loved.


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  • John Pegg August 6, 2021, 3:00 pm

    Very touching poem, George. Thank you!

  • Laurie August 6, 2021, 8:05 pm

    Wow- this brought tears to my eyes!

  • joan McIntosh August 6, 2021, 8:13 pm

    So beautiful! The space between each line could fill a lifetime. Joan

  • Sally Lofte August 30, 2021, 6:56 pm

    Absolutely tender and sensitive…