Glen Kappy

Gold Star - 36,529 Points (June 30,1948 / New York, NY USA)

She Walks - Poem by Glen Kappy

In early light
a street or so ahead
a body walking
much in silhouette—
a woman—
and for a moment
hard to see
her movement
is away from me.

Somewhat tall
and slim
she walks—
not heavily
nor daintily
but easily
and keeping
a good pace.

She walks
as one
who knows
she's valued—
not timidly
nor haughtily
but showing
quiet dignity.

(And blessed
is she
and blessed
be they
this message
made it through.)

How young?
How old?
I'm curious
to see her face.
But still
a street or so ahead
she walks.

Topic(s) of this poem: city, curiosity, dignity, walking, woman

Form: Blank Verse

Comments about She Walks by Glen Kappy

  • Valsa George (11/6/2017 2:36:00 AM)

    Beautiful..... casual in tone but arresting the reader's curiosity! I too enjoy observing people... especially women who are well dressed and walking elegant and dignified! You being a man, it is natural for you to observe a woman who happened to arouse your interest! (Report) Reply

    Glen Kappy (11/6/2017 7:01:00 AM)

    ... and early mornings in summer I have nothing pressing me time-wise and am open to take in what is presented to me. It seems to me that how people walk says much about them. Thank you, Valsa.

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  • The Poet Poet (10/2/2017 1:17:00 PM)

    yes as old age catches up we still love to see a woman walk and smile just smile at us one street away she lives you say walk up to her any day a cuppa of coffee she will lay be happy for the day then bow and kindly walk away she may ask you to stay she too is old anyway her hubby lost her years away she may be alone today talk with her do stay (Report) Reply

    Glen Kappy (10/2/2017 5:58:00 PM)

    In my view the female of the human species is the most beautiful of God's creations. Thanks for reading my poem and commenting. -Glen

  • Sandra Erickson (9/10/2017 11:34:00 AM)

    I love this poem, the rhythm of the words-even the appearance of the poem on the page- mirror her step.. I am so grateful that you cannot see her face, that she is walking away, not toward, the observer. Lovely sketch. Thanks...S (Report) Reply

    Glen Kappy (9/10/2017 4:35:00 PM)

    Cool! And knowing that you shape your poems, I appreciate your noticing. And yes, had I seen her, there may never have been a poem. -Glen

  • Bharati Nayak (6/14/2017 11:50:00 AM)

    She walks
    as one
    who knows
    she's valued—
    not timidly
    nor haughtily
    but showing
    quiet dignity.
    - - - - - - - It is strange but true.Even from a distance some people can make an impression upon us and we become curious to know more.
    (Report) Reply

    Glen Kappy (6/14/2017 4:48:00 PM)

    people are so interesting! and we form impressions, correct or not, based on our experience. thank you, bharati, for bothering to read and comment. hoping all is well with you, glen

  • Geeta Radhakrishna Menon (6/14/2017 7:24:00 AM)

    Hi Glen,
    This is such an interesting yet an enigmatic poem!
    I can see her walking, yet, there are so many things that are mysterious about her.
    Through your poem you have roused the curiosity of all your readers.
    How young?
    How old?
    I'm curious
    to see her face.
    But still
    a street or so ahead
    she walks.
    A captivating poem, Glen! Enjoyed reading it.
    (Report) Reply

    Glen Kappy (6/14/2017 7:45:00 AM)

    hi, geeta! I'm glad you enjoyed it. one of many times an early walk with few people out and the sun shining spurred a poem idea. hoping this find you well in all ways, glen

  • Chinedu Dike (6/11/2017 9:47:00 PM)

    A well expressed poem, great writing style as well. Lovely and very passionate. Thanks for sharing Glen. (Report) Reply

    Glen Kappy (6/12/2017 7:50:00 AM)

    you're welcome. it's a pleasure to share and have people respond- like you- from all over the world! this is yet one more poem the result of my morning walks. perhaps because i grew up in new york city, i find such delight in the nature i find so near in this place that's called a city but not like inner city. -glen

  • Dr.tony Brahmin (6/8/2017 12:11:00 PM)

    a very good poem dear Glenn, diginity of a woman, curiosity......... life in the city. thank you very much for this poem dear Glen . tony (Report) Reply

    Glen Kappy (6/8/2017 4:43:00 PM)

    you're welcome, tony, and thank you for reading and commenting on it. my morning walks continue to bring me so much, including material and ideas for poems. be well! -glen

  • Daniel Brick (6/6/2017 7:17:00 AM)

    This poem does two things: it reveals and it conceals. The impression made on you from a distance is not complete, but what you do see is all the more powerful for that incompleteness. Your imagination is subtly helping your eyes
    grasp what attracts them. If you had seen her face, she would be ONE beautiful woman. Instead she is every beautiful woman. Perhaps all of this is illusion, and the moralist blocks our further viewing enjoyment, shouting,
    IT'S ALL VANITY! but we live in a world which is on the surface all appearance. It's up to us to create the substance, and your poem does just that. That is the faith and hope behind all of our perceptions of what is beautiful.
    (Report) Reply

    Glen Kappy (6/6/2017 7:42:00 AM)


    once again thank you for your careful reading and comments.

    in my understanding, we are created to be affected by appearanceand to feel attractions- and we see this illustrated in other species as well.

    as with other appetites, however, we are to aware of them, and it is wisdom to act with love for ourselves and others with respect to them. this means we go beyond the superficial.

    and on beauty, we need it like food, like we need hope and love, don't we?

    for living that is full and wholesome,


  • Laurie Van Der Hart (6/5/2017 7:25:00 AM)

    Yes, really Glen, I did understand that. Your poem was one of appreciation, nothing weird. I just couldn't resist the sequel's name, but didn't mean it. (Report) Reply

    Glen Kappy (6/5/2017 7:40:00 AM)

    gotcha. hi, laurie! i guess we're up at the same time, several thousand miles apart. i too am an habitual word player. we just can't help but think in rhyme. be well! -glen

  • Laurie Van Der Hart (6/4/2017 11:03:00 PM)

    This is a mysterious one, nicely-written, Glen. Her demeanor captured your interest? I hope there will be a Part 2 - for you, and maybe for us. (He stalks...?) (Report) Reply

    Glen Kappy (6/5/2017 7:10:00 AM)

    hey, laurie! no, there'll be no part 2. i was aware that some might think stalking if i didn't make it as clear as i could that it was by chance i saw this person. a walker myself, i'm fascinated by what one's comportment suggests about a person. -glen

  • (6/4/2017 5:47:00 PM)

    Very nice write with an air of mystery. (Report) Reply

    Glen Kappy (6/5/2017 7:35:00 AM)

    hey, lamar! thank you for taking the time to read and comment on my poem. mystery is what i was after- how a chance glimpsing of someone makes us curious, makes us wonder about the person. -glen

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