Me – Stephanie Bennett-Henry


I’ve always been different
and I’ll tell you why.
I’m not afraid of the truth.
I’m not afraid of being
honest and raw and
downright brutal with how
I choose to hammer words
out of my mouth.
I’m not afraid to show myself
without a designer label,
without any coat of sugary bullshit.
I’m not afraid of someone
telling me I’m not ladylike.
I’m not afraid to say, “fuck you.”
I’m not afraid to stand up
for something I believe in.
I’m not afraid to show my truth
to a world that says I can’t be me.
I’m not afraid to say,
“I will never be anything less
than me and if that bothers you,
step out of my light.”
©Stephanie Bennett-Henry
Stephanie is a Southern Girl through and through. Sweet as candy, sharp as a blade, and talented beyond measure, Stephanie’s poetry is raw, unfiltered, and unforgettable. You can find her exquisite words at Stephanie Bennet-Henry, on Instagram, and on her website.

9 thoughts on “Me – Stephanie Bennett-Henry

  1. Stephanie Bennett-Henry – AT LAST! This is the first place I have found that I can contact you. I have been madly searching the internet for your name – your magnificent poem which begins “She does everything with passion stained hands” is all over Face Book without a citation. As a fellow poet, this frosts me. It is so easy to add that last line and takes only one person leaving it off before the author is lost. I believe firmly in Artists intellectual property. I will correct everyone I see – The poem above is lovely, but the one of which I speak is epic. It belongs alongside Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Emily Dickenson, it belongs in “The Greatest Poetry of all Time.” I am a multi-published poet who has taught poetry on a university level and spent 18 years as a Senior Editor – and Poetry Editor – to a large press International publication. I know of which I speak. Every woman who reads that poem ends up with passion stained hands – or wishes to. Every woman in the world should read it – and it should have your copyright and you name on it. I just wanted to let you know. I have subscribed here and hope to read more of your work. My dear, you are a “Once in a Generation” poet. I can be found on Face Book under Winnie Peterson Cross – I publish under my full name: Edwina Peterson Cross. Poetry fades and winnows and sometimes we despair . . . You look so young! I am utterly thrilled that you exist. A strong, extraordinarily talented, positive force for the future.

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  2. Stephanie you have some truly beautiful and inspirational work!
    Would love to use 1 or two quotes of yours on a tshirt would this be ok? will not proceed until I hear back
    Thank you 😊


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