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Left on the Credenza
by Sheila Roy
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Rated "PG" by the Author.
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Another Barbie from my extensive collection has forced my pen to page. This poem expresses what I hope she's thinking, and it represents how I feel about a book & its cover. I think there's a strong belief in society about women; I think some people believe that an attractive woman can't possibly be smart...or she shouldn't be because it's not fair to women who are smart but not as attractive. Just a dose of honesty from my experiences with people. My non-repulsive appearance has often had folks thinking I can't write or offer anything of substance. I believe there's something beautiful about everyone, therefore we all have something substantial to offer! So...don't hate me because I'm A special shout-out and thanks to the friend who thought of the term 'non-repulsive' to describe me, since I don't take compliments well & I don't feel physical beauty lasts longer than what's inside us.

Left on the Credenza


A calling card left on the sideboard

Yet my heart never strays from its pound

Could you prove t’is me you adored?

`Less I believe you’re just duty bound


My dress was merely one in the crowd

And every girl has pearly, white skin

Does the sight of my curls have you cowed?

Can the swell of my chest boast a win?


Can your stare pass all this silk and lace,

Or does it catch on bows of satin?

I am more than just a pretty face,

A spray of freckles, and a proud chin


If you noted my gaze is intense…

If you are not the average man…

If you don’t fear my intelligence…

…You have permission to call again



Copyright 2008 – Sheila Roy

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Reviewed by Victoria's Poetry & Voices of Muse 1/13/2009
This is such a penetrating write Shelia, takes me back to this man I had interests in back in the day, who gave me no time of the day-until I broke out my heavy artillary!!-lol the high heels & mini skirt, & peek a boobie tops-shhhh.....but late to call now :)
But yes if they see the real beauty, that is a very very Good Man!
I Love Freckles! :)
Much Love & Inspirations Poetess
Embraced With Love
Reviewed by Elizabeth Russo 12/3/2008
We are much more than our outward appearance...lovely wording and images bring your message home. Nicely written piece! Best, Elizabeth
Reviewed by Andre Bendavi ben-YEHU 10/19/2008

Beauty, wit and art met to compose this poetic treasure. "Left on the Credenza" flows and glows.

In admiration,

By Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU
Reviewed by Paul Berube 10/9/2008

I most whole-heartedly agree. Beauty is so much more than a pretty face or a knock-out body. Many fail to see the beauty of the heart and mind. When the body is long gone there will always remain what truly matters. Ken need not be intimidated by the mind of our barbie, even though her beauty is more than skin deep. Peace, Love, Blessings and Friendship Always, Paul.
Reviewed by Elizabeth Price 10/2/2008
Great love it. Liz
Reviewed by Dawn Anderson 9/26/2008
I love the ending to this. Excellent and meaningful writing.
Reviewed by Jeanette Cooper 9/25/2008
Your introdution was very interesting and I think you are probably right about the "beauty" angle. Men like pretty faces and shapely bodies--and probably prefer that instead of intelligence. LOL Life is a coupling of hormones and testosterone--until you get old like me. (Just a note of humor.) Your poem does infer the thought, "Take a look at who I am inside of me." Well done,Shelia.
Reviewed by Keith Rowley 9/23/2008
Excellent. Even better when I looked up Credenza and found it to be the equivalent of a Credence Table:

credence table noun
1 a small sideboard, originally one at which food was tasted for poison before serving

2 (Christianity) a small table or ledge on which the bread, wine, etc., are placed before being consecrated in the Eucharist

What a delightful echo from another age, with a so subtle reference to the toxicity of falsehood in the domain of romance.

Always love love your work and I am CERTAIN you will sign a publishing deal one day.
Reviewed by John Flanagan 9/23/2008
Sheila, I love what you've done here bringing character and attitude alive, and the ending is particularly strong.
Reviewed by Karen Palumbo 9/23/2008
Sheila this is one true gem and expresses so much truth. As you say, the outside is nothing more than a shell, but what lies underneath is always worth God's love....

Be always safe,

Reviewed by Regis Auffray 9/23/2008
This is a very meaningful write; it is honest and comes from someone who has obviously experienced what she writes about. Your "prologue" very nicel complements your verses as well. Thank you, Sheila. Love and best wishes to you,

Reviewed by Felix Perry 9/23/2008
Many a man has been beguiled by women who parade themselves in clothes, jewels, perfumes, and silly laughter are more impressed with a woman who they can actually share things in commone with, have a conversation with and yes those who know love is a something that is worked on not just bought with a flirty smile. Great write here Shila, enjoyed it a lot.
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 9/23/2008

I am Barbie: hear me roar! A sassy comeback for any man (SOCIETY) who only looks at the outer appearance, rather than the intelligent woman, inside: well done!

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Sandie May Angel-Joyce 9/23/2008
I like the summary of this poem as well as the poem itself. It's true that in many instances people look at beautiful women and think they have less intelligence. Good for you to speak up on behalf of the women!!!

Sandie Angel :o)
Reviewed by Chantilly Lace (Reader) 9/23/2008
Great well and always safe....Hugsss
Reviewed by George Carroll 9/23/2008
What's in the heart is where true beauty lies and if by chance beauty and brains meld how fortunate for the man who finds it.

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