Caribbean Woman – Proverbs 31

By Mutryce A. Williams

Hello Ms. Marilyn P. May, truth teller, soul capturer, illustrator,
Hello Ms. Marilyn P. May,
I bid you great tidings,
And…I wish you a bountiful, bright, and a remarkably very grand day,
For you have managed to capture the essence, the worth, the soul, the legacy, the dignity, the history, the agony and the true victory of the Caribbean woman,
In your impeccably magnificent work of art – Caribbean Woman-Proverbs 31
You have managed to inhale her authenticity and without duplicity,
Put her on a canvased pedestal for the entire world to see,

With your keen eye, talent, canvas and brush strokes,
You have managed to visually narrate HERstory,
The Caribbean woman, a virtuous woman… a Proverbs 31 woman,
“She is like the merchants’ ships; she bringeth her food from afar.
giveth meat to her household…”
Just look her, oar in one hand,
A bowl of fish in the other,
Bringing food from afar to give meat to her household,
There is no consternation, no vexation to it,
It is her honour, her duty,
Her torch, her badge, she proudly accepts and wears it,
She works hard; it’s all that she knows how to do,
The Caribbean Woman- a Proverbs 31 Woman

The Scripture reads, “She is clothed with strength and dignity
And she laughs without fear of the future…”
Just look at her, you can tell that she is a woman who has been through the fire,
But she did not get lost in it,
Rather, she is built by it,
A formidable woman,
An all season’s woman,
With her roots buried so deep, that she has no reason to fear the wind,
The Caribbean Woman – a Proverbs 31 Woman

Hello again Ms. Marilyn P. May,
This time I want to say a hearty thank you,
For you have managed to encapsulate her worth, her BEAUTY, her pride
Her steeliness, her poise, her “I going do it myself” mentality,
Feed her family; while trying to hold up her community and save all humanity,
Effervescent personality,
While realizing the importance of the ever Almighty,
The Caribbean Woman-a Proverbs 31 Woman
Clothed, cloaked in strength and dignity,
Resilient and without fear of the future,
The fire, the mix, the melee, the pelau, the unique concoction,
Which makes her a real, real champion,
Caribbean Woman-a Proverbs 31 Woman

And to any Caribbean woman who has ever had reason to doubt herself,
I say, just look at Marilyn P. May’s painting,
Because…in it I am certain that you will find…
Some essence of you, your ancestry, your history, your legacy,
You…and when you think that you have exhausted all of your possibilities, whatever they may be,
Just look at her, keep pushing on,
Just look at her and realize that it’s not the load that breaks you down, but rather how you carry it,
Just look at her and be comforted in knowing that where there is no struggle, there is no strength,
Just look at her, smile and say thank you Marilyn P. May,
For the adequate representation of the Caribbean woman’s past, future and her present day…
Caribbean Woman-a Proverbs 31 Woman.

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