As women, our friendships with each other are nothing if not sacred. We’re there for each other through the whole shebang—the good, the bad, and everything in-between. While significant others may come and go, the most fearsome friendships can last a lifetime, and as such, it is my belief that they should be held to a similar importance as romantic relationships.
Lovers have Valentine’s Day.
We should take the time to show our sisters a little appreciation, too.
Thank you, Leslie Knope, of Parks and Recreation, for inventing a celebration for this very special purpose—Galentine’s Day, which takes place on February 13th, the day before Valentine’s Day!
In honor of the occasion, I’ve taken the liberty of gathering a few poems you can post or send to your Galentine this year:
“medicine” by rupi kaur
“we need more love
not from men
but from ourselves
and each other.”
“standing on the shoulders of giants
to the women before me
thank you for leading the way
thank you for using your voice
to carve out room for mine to exist
today and every day
i march for you
i march for you
because you are her
i am her
and she is her, too”
“They spent a lifetime
striking us down
Mistaking our passion
for rage and madness.
But never underestimate
the magnitude of women
For only fools forget
that even a lonesome flame
can swiftly turn into a
“An Ode to Fearless Women” by Nikita Gill
“I think your bones
were made in an elsewhere place.
How else does one explain
this inconceivable strength that makes you.
The way you look into danger’s mouth
And see no cemetery or death.
Instead, carve your name into
its teeth with a switchblade,
defeat it so effortlessly and
throw your head back and laugh.
Paradox girl, mighty woman,
you are the thing that terrifies them.
Both monster and maiden, both cure and poison,
all of these things, and at the same time human.
Defined by no man, you are your own story,
blazing through the world, turning history into herstory.
And when they dare to tell you about
all the things you cannot be,
you smile and tell them,
‘I am both war and woman and you cannot stop me.’”
“The day you become a woman, they hand you a grenade. And you must choose between hurling or holding. Between want and expectation. Excise your desire, while you are hungry for everything. Give up your life for a version of you, that isn’t you at all.
Think twice about the imposition when they tell you, there is nothing worse than a fallen woman. Nothing worse than a woman who doesn’t know her place. You will leave when you trade your truth for an ideal that no amount of good you do will ever be enough anyway—
So, fuck them. And make up your own rules. Don’t be afraid to hurl, to fall, to get dirt on your face. Sweetheart, let this be your one glorious mess because in the end the only person you should answer to, is yourself—after all,
you are a woman
and long before they punish you for what you’ve done, they will punish you for what you are.”
“celebrating another woman’s
triumphs or success will never
take away from your shine
or glory. if anything,
it’ll add to it and create
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