How beautiful can a woman be? No one can be more beautiful than a woman who has loved her country more than her own self, who has suffered unselfishly to pursue happiness and freedom for all. After years of imprisonment and suffering, she comes out older yet full of wisdom, lines on her eyes and face that can’t hide her inner beauty and character, a frail figure that is more attractive than the media stereotypes of ‘allure’, a woman whose love of country, freedom and her land have caused her to remain resolute. They tried killing her body, but they could not kill her spirit.
She suffered a lot, including being separated from her English husband (in the UK with their kids) and she in prison in Burma. The husband died without Suu Kyi seeing him as she was not allowed to leave the country. How sad to have a loved one die and not see him? But she inspires me, and all women to greatness.
A woman’s beauty is a mystery,
It makes the morning bright when she smiles,
A tense night calm with her quiet repose,
It is like the moonbeam that
gives warmth on a cold dark night,
A white flower that casts a lovely fragrance.
A woman’s beauty can be seen in her eyes
They show kindness when children are hurting
They shed tears to bond with those of broken hearts.
In her is compassion, mercy and great love
Not just for herself but for her country, her people,
the oppressed, the hungry and the weak.
And when this love is translated into action,
Showing strength and fighting for justice
Speaking ‘truth’ in a world full of sham and false values
Declaring war to have a bright future for mankind,
That is when she is most beautiful.
_ written with inspiration on 20 November 2010_