Monday, January 28, 2013

(Steel) Magnolia by Patricia Neely-Dorsey

Water Effect

(Steel) Magnolia
Delicate beauty
Of Creamy Perfection
With Roots Running Deep
In Southern Soil,
A history almost
As old as time,
And endurance
As tough as
She defies description
And explanation
Beauty is its own excuse.

Patricia Neely-Dorsey
My Magnolia Memories and Musings - In Poems

If you are called a "Steel Magnolia" by someone, take it as a compliment. It is a Southern term that means a woman who is tough, strong, yet sweet and feminine. She has the toughness and strength of steel when it comes to family, hard times, and sad times. However, she has the loving tenderness and inner beauty that shines through.

In the book "The Road to Gandolfo" by Robert Ludlum (originally published in 1975 under an assumed name), in chapter 18, he writes..... 
"There was a will of steel beneath the soft magnolia exterior..."