It’s too hot in Texas to even breathe!
To pass the time, I thought you might enjoy this bit of poetry by TWU alumna, Clarisse L. Dodge, 1991, B. S. Journalism. Clarisse was listening to a podcast which happened to include some information from a TWU professor. When the moderator mentioned the name as Texas “Women’s” University, Clarisse went into action and penned the following. For many of us hearing that mispronunciation is like fingernails on a chalkboard. (Me, for one.)
Poem Dedicated to All “Texas Woman’s University” Students – Past, Present, and Yet to Come! by Clarisse L. Dodge © 2011, York, Pennsylvania, USA
Though enjoying your Podcasts, quite a bit,
There’s something I must have you Quit,
My Alma Mater’s Name is, and forever will be
Something every Woman could Feel:
“Texas Woman’s University” is, you see,
a Place where the Individual Woman, whatever her age,
Will be Treated as a “Woman,” (the Singular Being she IS),
Not as “Women,” (the Multiple of Plurals, She’s NOT).
So please, in the Fairness to All of Us,
Each One a Singular, Beautiful Being,
Who happens to be of the Female Persuasion,
Finding at that most Wonderful of all Universities,
Her Inner Beauty, Her Inner Self,
Yeah! Ultimately, her Own, Personal Inner Strength,
To BE Whoever She was, from the very moment of
The Big Bang’s Huge Exclamation Point,
In to Present-Day Her-Story: “Woman,”…
51 Percent of the Human Race, I/She/We…AM!
Call us, by Our True Definition: “Woman,”
(and Not “Women!” 😉
We’re “The Pioneers – Texas Woman’s University!”
I would that every Girl born
Would be so Blessed!
Clarisse L. Dodge, BS. Journalism, Class ’91, Texas Woman’s University, Denton, Texas
Clarisse L. Dodge