A Day of Sharing Words: Joyful Girl


Photo by flamholz

i do it for the joy it brings
because i’m a joyful girl
because the world owes me nothing
and we owe each other the world
i do it because it’s the least i can do
i do it because i learned it from you
and i do it just because i want to
because i want to


Photos by (left to right) swperman and Old Shoe Woman

everything i do is judged
and they mostly get it wrong
but oh well
‘cuz the bathroom mirror has not budged
and the woman who lives there can tell
the truth from the stuff that they say
and she looks me in the eye
and says would you prefer the easy way
no, well o.k. then
don’t cry


Photos by (left to right) envagyokbenyus and karpov

i wonder if everything i do
i do instead
of something i want to do more
the question fills my head
i know there’s no grand plan here
this is just the way it goes
when everything else seems unclear
i guess at least i know


Photos by (left to right) Robert Crum and ktpupp

i do it for the joy it brings
because i’m a joyful girl
because the world owes me nothing
and we owe each other the world
i do it because it’s the least i can do
i do it because i learned it from you
and i do it just because i want to
because i want to


Photo by Jill Greenseth

© 1996 ani difranco / righteous babe music

Inspired by LK Ludwig and Charlene Kingston. Interested to know more about A Day of Sharing Words? LK explains the idea and you can also see a list of participants on her blog.

Thanks for reading!
Angelique

Published in quotes on Wednesday, November 19, 2008
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One Comment

  1. Thursday, December 4, 2008, at 12:05 am | Permalink

    I came here to thank you for your thoughtful post on Chrysti’s blog today, and for the Ani lyrics. Truthfully, your words and hers struck me like a bell, and I am still sitting here with my head ringing. I may even try a self portait, in light of everyone being so honest about coming smack up against our own self-imposed barriers when challenged to try it.
    Anyway.
    Thanks again for all the thought you clearly put into the question…just wanted you to know I took a lot away from it, and have use for it. Cheers!

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