I wrote this poem as a gift for my Mother, Sinai Pale. She is a true inspiration in my life. I am grateful for the example that she is and the life of faith that she continues to lead. Enjoy!


© Maryanne Pale, 2007

She rejoices in God with a grateful heart and a joyful spirit
She possesses the ability to genuinely say to another woman:
“I admire your qualities and attributes”
She is blessed with the gift of giving and a willingness to help others
She consoles others even though she too is hurting

She learns from her mistakes and acknowledges that she too is not perfect
She speaks with words of wisdom and not malice
From the mouths of destruction, her smile remains unshaken
She lifts her head and continues to walk in the midst of turmoil

She inspires other women to be the best they can be
With her life experiences, she touches the lives of a multitude
She remains determined to be the best person SHE can be
She smiles every time she says “I LOVE YOU”

She has the courage to take the fall for another
She is not too proud to say “I need you”
When her tears fall, she prays faithfully
When others turn their back on her, she still continues to pray faithfully

She is humble enough to admit when she is wrong
Through betrayal and talk, she remains secure in knowing who she is
She is loving enough to say “I forgive you”
She is at peace with herself without having the need to prove herself to anyone

She values her self-worth and reminds other women of theirs
She is not pretentious but instead she presents herself just as she is…


    1. Thank you. My Mother was the inspiration behind this piece. She is in my eyes “A Woman of Strength”. I can only hope that one day, I can be the woman that she fearlessly is 🙂

      1. Would it be improper to ask to place this on my mother’s funeral foldable? She just passed. I was looking for something that fit who she was to all of us. If you do not mind, please email me and let me know.

        I normally write my own poetry, but am having a really hard time focusing right now.
        This is very beautiful.

      2. Hi Alicia, I hope this message reaches you in time. Please go ahead and include it in your Mother’s funeral foldable. My sincere condolences to you and your family at this time. May God’s peace comfort you all.

  1. How beautiful and timely. I just meet a woman today and we shared brief stories of hurt and then joy. We cried, prayed and felt stronger afterwards than prior. She returned to her world as I did to mine. She will be a woman of strength, I saw that in her eyes. Your words were perfect timing. Thank you.

  2. Thank you for kind words. I was happy to read that you hoping to “accomplish something creative every day forward for the year”. That is awesome! So I’m looking forward to reading more of your blogs. God bless 🙂

  3. Awww Love it sis! Bold & Beautiful just like you hehe Keep on moving forward & staying POSITIVE! Lots of love me & Bubba. xox

  4. I first read your poem a few hours ago. I still feel every word, it’s like I am continuously reading it. Thank You!

  5. This is beautiful! Thank you for stopping by a while ago, and connecting with me. I apologize that it took me so long to get over here to read your poetry!
    Your in New Zealand! Wow! I have wanted to travel there since I was 19 or 20 when my fiber arts teacher told me of her travels in New Zealand and all the wonderful people she met there. She talked about it a lot in such a wonderful way!
    Peace and Harmony,

    1. Hi Sallyjane, thank you for stopping by. I appreciate your comments.
      Yes, New Zealand is a wonderful place. The city that I live in is multicultural which made growing up here unique and vibrant.
      You should plan a trip out here 🙂 You will love it! I look forward to reading more of your blogs. Have a fab weekend!

  6. This is my goal, my fave sentence out of your poem…”She values her self-worth and reminds other women of theirs” Women especially seem to forget their worth. What a beautiful poem, thank you for sharing.

  7. Another Southern Hemisphere God Loving Blogger! How wonderful … and a sister in Christ who, no doubt, is enjoying the revival that is sweeping across Australia and New Zealand! Lets make this part of our world resonate with His loving kindness and Goodness … because … God IS Good!

    1. God IS good indeed! How lovely to connect with you on here. I appreciate your heart felt words. I absolutely agree with you! Looking forward to reading your blogs. Thank you for visiting my blog. God bless xox

  8. A lovely poem, Maryanne – and I believe you are walking very close in your own mother’s footsteps … Thank you so much for following my blog – I am following yours as well now, and look forward to visiting and reading much more. May you always walk in sunshine and love. ~ Julie 🙂

    1. Aww! Thank you Julie, that is so sweet of you to say. I am humbled by your kind words. Also, you are most welcome about the follow, thank you for following back. I look forward to reading more of your blog updates. Enjoy the rest of your day. God bless xox

  9. Just dropping by, Maryanne, to let you know that I’ve presented you with the Genuine Blogger award – congratulations, and enjoy! ~ Julie 🙂

  10. What a wonderful, insightful poem – and how awesome that it reflects your vision of your mother – what a great lady she must be, and you, too. Thanks for “following” my blog – I’m glad it brought me to visit you!!

    1. Hi Angela, my apologies about the late reply. I’ve accidently overlooked your comment. THANK YOU for stopping by and visiting my blog and also for leaving your beautiful comment. I truly appreciate it. I look forward to reading more of your updates. 🙂

  11. Maryanne–aren’t you just a gorgeous lovely sister!! So glad to meet you here–and how sweet of you to follow my blog, thank you so much. I’m bookmarking this for now, so I don’t lose you–and will be back for a lengthier read after a bit. May the Lord bless you so abundantly this day, and always!!

    1. Hi Caddo, I’m still learning how to use WordPress and connecting with other fellow bloggers on here so it’s nice to come across blogs such as yours. I appreciate the time that you’ve taken to visit my blog. I look forward to reading more of your updates. Enjoy the remainder of your day. God bless xox

  12. Hi Maryanne! I keep coming back to read this poem–it’s so lovely and inspires me so much! I wonder if you’d mind me printing it off–with your name, of course–to send to special people? If you say “no”, I’ll understand–it’s just that some people do not have computers, so I can’t direct them all to your blog.

    Much love to you today–God bless you most abundantly!

    1. Hi Caddo, I am humbled by your message. Yes, you may print this poetry piece to share with your loved ones. Thank you for asking. Please do include my name as the author. This piece is dear to me as it is my tribute to my Mother, she is the inspiration behind this piece. I am humbled that so many people appreciate this poem. I believe that as women, we need to reaffirm ourselves and each other that we do possess as inner strength and that it can be demonstrated in many ways. Thank you once again for your beautiful message. God bless xox

  13. Hi Maryanne
    Thank you so much for following my blog. I’m new at this (only been blogging for a week) and am surprised by how many people I have had contact with so far. It is such a confidence boost to know that people like what you do. And I like your work so that’s a confidence boost to you!
    Dorinda (lakesideindia)

    1. Hi Dorinda!
      WELCOME TO BLOGGING YAY! I too am fairly new on this site. I’ve been blogging for 2 and a half weeks. I love your blog and it’s great to connect with someone who lives in India. I look forward to reading more of your blog updates. Thank you for visiting my blog 🙂

  14. Thank you SO much for finding me, and for your support, and I look forward to hearing more of your BEAUTIFUL and SOULFUL words!!! Lots of love to you, Maryanne!!

    1. Hi Kelley, you are so welcome. Thanks for stopping by on my blog. I appreciate the visit and your kind words. I’m looking forward to reading more of your blog updates. Many blessings and love xox

  15. I have read this piece so many times and I never tire of it. Simply love it.

    “through betrayal and talk she remains secure in knowing who she is” – thats not just your mum sis, thats you.

    Your writing is inspiring and I enjoy reading your work.

    1. Thank you for visitng my blog sis! I appreciate your feedback and your kind words. Thank you for your support over the years for my poetry work. I am grateful to you! ‘Ofa lahi atu xox

    1. Thank you Jenny for stopping by. Yes, I loved what you had written! Thank you for sharing. As I had mentioned in my comment under your post, your advice in life came at the right time for me 🙂 I look forward to more of your updates. God bless xox

  16. Thanks for your encouraging visits to my blog, Maryanne!
    This is such a beautiful piece. I am glad you were blessed with such a mother; I was, too!

    1. Aww thank you for visiting my blog. I truly appreciate it. I am happy to read that you are also blessed with such a great Mother. I look forward to more of your updates.
      God bless xox

  17. Hello Maryanne, just inspirational, uplifting piece of poetry. I love it, its definitely my favourite. Ofa atu ki ho mum Sinai Pale because she is exactly that ” A Woman of Strength” God Bless, ofa atu

  18. Thank you for following my blog. Time seems to be compressed lately. I awake today feeling so grateful for my life and all its’ blessings so I decided to start thanking people. Blog-pals are important to me.

    1. Aww this is a beautiful message. Thank you for visiting my blog. It is wonderful to follow your blog and I appreciate that you have taken the time to drop me a message. Enjoy the rest of your week. God bless xox

  19. “A woman is like a tea bag – you can’t tell how strong she is until you put her into hot water.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
    Thanks for following one of my blogs and giving me an opportunity to discover yours.

  20. Thank you for your beautiful poem. I found it very moving. Every word on every line reminded me of my late mother, whom I sadly lost on the 4th of August this year. And reading this was like discovering another fitting and loving tribute to her memory. Like your mother, mine too was a great woman of strength. God bless, malo ‘aupito!

    1. Hi Tokasa,
      My condolences to you and your family for the passing of your Mother. I am glad that you have found this piece very moving. It is beautiful to hear that this poem is a reflection of the strong woman that your Mother was. Thank you for your feedback, I truly appreciate it. May God continue to provide you with peace and comfort today and in the many years to come.
      God bless xox

  21. Wow a lovely Poem Maryanne Pale what a blessing to have a poet like you uplift our spirit to appreciate other women’s talent and that is your Mum ….GB…lovely words I may say …

  22. Love this piece, sure is exactly the one fit for your humble mom Sinai. Keep it up darl & thinking if her at this difficult time. Ofa atu

  23. Beautiful tribute to an amazing woman, she sounds like a pillar of strength with a heart of extensive love despite adversary. Your mother’s attributes are Christlike and are reflected in her children. I miss my mother so much. Malo soifua, ia manuia Dr Pale.

  24. Dear Ms Pale… I love love your poem- — it is so inspirational. I have shared it with some friends and I would like to submit it to our ladies magazine “Hearth and Home” along with your name of course! Do I have that permission or would you rather I did not? Thank you thank you for writing it! – Barb Hiebert

  25. Hi Mrs Pale! I love your poem, “A Wonan of Strength”. I am wondering if I may submit it to a magazine that our church publishes- ‘ Hearth & Home’ with a little more than 6,000 copies 6 times a year. We would of course print your name as the author.. thank you for considering my request! God Bkess You!

  26. Beautiful!!! May I read this at a church program? Of course, I will ensure that you are given credit as the author. God Bless.

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