Let us rise, women, to express our opinions

Poem: Seconds within Moments

Life moves fast, doesn’t it? It is a selection of seconds, moments, hours, days, and… You get the point. It is a blur some days and then suddenly a moment comes that makes you go, “Aha, I realize how short life is.” And then you breathe deeply and plant a foot in a world that brings you comfort. For me, today, it is the blogging world.

Thank you to everyone who has emailed me, left a comment on my blog (here or on When Women Inspire), sent me a note on a social media network or contacted me another way. I appreciate you all. I am grateful for you all.

This is my latest poem. I took a break from writing poetry. Yes, it happens. Below I express some thoughts about women. I continue to champion for women’s rights. It is not that I do not appreciate men’s struggles too, as indeed I do – as well as animal rights, the environment, and so many other important topics – but instead that my efforts to help women stem from a place deep in my heart.

I wish you all a beautiful New Year, full of seconds of acceptance, moments of momentum, and days of danced enthusiasm.


Seconds within Moments

The times calibrate and dress with layers of chiffon
When she sees him, her nose peeking around the
Petal of a week-old red rose, determining which
Facial expression to meet with his today.

There are seconds within moments when
I dip a toothpick into the centre of my reasoning
To see if it is fully baked and functional still.

I meet with her hand today, and I raise it to object to
Women who surrender days within years to beds of
Sharp tongues that slice self-confidence into
Slivers of adjectives that never get spoken.

I turn back her sheets and encourage her to
Raise her voice to say her opinion, rather than to
Raise a glass of water to her silent lips.

The oven is on a temperature that
Still needs correction but I have a feeling the
Heat is activating more minds than
Solely my own.


©2016 Christy Birmingham


148 thoughts on “Poem: Seconds within Moments

  1. Carrie Rubin

    That poem is wonderful. I just got your book ‘Pathways to Illumination.’ I don’t tend to read poetry, but based on what I’ve read from you, I know I’m going to enjoy it. I really admire those of you who write poetry. My concrete mind doesn’t seem geared to its creation.

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        1. Christy Birmingham Post author

          That’s kind of you to ask, Carrie. It is only available at Redmund Productions bookstore but there is a place there for reviewing it. An alternative is a review on Goodreads. I appreciate either one. So kind!


  2. Sue Dreamwalker

    So good to see you back Christy.. 🙂 and what a wonderful start it is to the New Year with such a treat .. You were missed.. 🙂 so pleased you are still champion women’s rights.. Sending you Lots of Love and Well wishes Christy for 2016 and beyond..
    Love and Blessings
    Sue xxx

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    1. Christy Birmingham Post author

      Oh Sue, you make me feel so loved with your words here, thank you! I am so grateful to have your support. I hope all is well in your world and that your year is off to a nice start! Happy New Year, with many joyful moments ahead, that is what I wish for you xx

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    1. Christy Birmingham Post author

      Thanks! When I wrote that particular part of the poem I felt something click and it helped me finish the piece – to me it’s the core part of it (no pun intended!) — I wish you a bright, joyful New Year! Thank you 🙂


  3. irinadim

    What a delight to read your poetry again, Christy! This one seems to me particularly rich in delicious imagery, peculiar to one and only Christy Birmingham. Coming from your own experience and your heart, this is a powerful message to women to assert themselves. Hugs and Happy New Year ❤

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  4. tessa

    Thank you Christy for this beautiful addition to our 2016! I was hoping if Santa didn’t bring us a ‘Christy Poem’ that it would be forth coming in the new year. It has been a while since you have favoured us with your beautiful, emotional, memorable writing. It was worth the wait. Hugs!

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    1. Christy Birmingham Post author

      I was without the creative spark for a while there, as you likely know, Tessa. Now I’m back, and I appreciate your support! So nice, and I wish you all the happiness for the New Year xo Love you!


  5. Sherri

    How I’ve missed you dear Christy, how wonderful to see you back again with your beautiful and powerful poem. This really spoke to me ‘… women who surrender days within years to beds of
    Sharp tongues that slice self-confidence into Slivers of adjectives that never get spoken…’ This is deep, when you’ve lived it. I love your New Year message and I shall look for those days of ‘danced enthusiasm’ throughout 2016, which I hope will be filled with the very same for you 🙂 ❤

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  6. macjam47

    This is so beautifully written, Christy. I am so happy to see you back. I’ve missed you. I hope your holidays were happy and filled with the love of family and friends. Take care, my dear sweet friend. Hugs.

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    1. Christy Birmingham Post author

      Thank you, M! I am glad to be back and to see your beautiful face here too. I had a nice holidays, yes, and am thankful for good friends like you who welcome me back here so warmly. I hope you are well, happy, and living confidently in the light that surrounds you 🙂 Sending love!

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  7. Ka Malana@Fiestaestrellas.com

    It’s truly a delight to have you back, Christy! Have I told you this lately?
    The piece speaks as a whole. Nevertheless, there was a favorite word grouping: “I dip a toothpick into the centre of my reasoning, To see if it is fully baked and functional still.” 🙂
    Basically, I’m just full of smiles and ready to see what comes next.
    xo Ka

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