Sunday, April 18, 2010

I am an Emotional Creature

I read this poem the other day and felt a very strong connection to it. I left out part of the middle, because it was kinda long, but I recommend reading more from Ms. Ensler if you like this. How often do you feel so strongly about something that it burns up in your ears? For me, it's almost daily, so this poem really validated me. Thanks Eve Ensler :)

I am an Emotional Creature

I love being a girl
I can feel what you're feeling
as you're feeling it inside
the feeling 
I am an emotional creature. 
Things do not come to me
as intellectual theories or hard-shaped ideas.
They pulse through my organs and legs
and burn up my ears.
I know when your girlfriend's really pissed off
even though she appears to give you what
    you want.
I know when a storm is coming.
I can feel the invisible stirrings in the air.
I can tell you he won't call back.
It's a vibe I share.

I am an emotional creature
I love that I do not take things lightly.
Everything is intense to me.
The way I walk in the street.
The way my mother wakes me up.
The way I hear bad news.
The way it's unbearable when I lose.

I am an emotional creature.
I am connected to everything and everyone.
I was born like that.
Don't you dare say all negative that it's a
    teenage thing
or it's only because I'm a girl.
These feelings make me better.
They make me ready.
They make me present.
They make me strong.

I am an emotional creature.
There is a particular way of knowing.
It's like the older women somehow forgot.
I rejoice that it's still in my body...

This is not extreme.
It's a girl thing.
What we would all be
if the door inside us flew open.
Don't tell me not to cry
To calm down
Not to be so extreme
To be reasonable.
I am an emotional creature.
It's how the earth got made.
How the wind continues to pollinate.
You don't tell the Atlantic Ocean 
to behave.

I am an emotional creature.
Why would you want to shut me down
or turn me off?
I am your remaining memory.
I am connecting you to your source.
Nothing's been diluted.
Nothing's leaked out.
I can take you back.

I love that I can feel the inside
of the feelings in you,
even if it stops my life
even if it hurts too much
or takes me off track
even if it breaks my heart.
I makes me responsible.
I am an emotional 
I am an emotional, devotional,
incandotional creature.
And I love, hear me,
love love love
being a girl.

- Eve Ensler, 2010

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