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What Lies Beneath a Woman's Heart? A Poem and Prose on Discernment.

Updated on November 19, 2019
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I have a passion for life, a love for humanitarian causes, a zeal for the Creator, and an obsession with understanding human nature.

One of the hardest lessons I learned in life also turned out to be one of the biggest blessings I ever received; discerning the heart. Truthfully, you cannot discern what lies in the heart of another you can, however, receive insight to the motive of others if you look deeper than the words that comes from their mouths.

Many years ago I was fervently praying for something I wanted. One day after praying, I was watching one of those reality television shows, and the women were fighting and throwing drinks and the word "ratchet" came in my heart. Unfortunately, those words didn't come alone and other words followed. Words that described the deceitfulness and treachery that comes from deep within the heart.

I was immediately enlightened to the carefully, chosen words I had used in my prayer which did not come from the heart but was calculated. This loving rebuke taught me a valuable lesson that turned into a blessing: You can impress people with words but you can only impress God with your heart.

Prose: The meaning behind this poem.

I've had the most fun with this poem. When I wrote it, I first read it to men and oh, I wish you could have seen the applause and appreciation I got from them. I was applauded for being so insightful especially since I'm a woman.

Afterwards, they thrilled me with their stories of all the treacherous women that came into their lives, past and present.

Then, I read the story to women. I almost got slapped, cursed out, got the cold shoulder, and one of my dear aunts confided to me that women only become treacherous after dealing with treacherous men. I was seen as a traitor to the women race!

I absolutely loved the controversy this poem has caused after all, (I'm such a little stinker.) But before I lose all my female followers, although I might have gained a few men, I have to explain the meaning behind the poem.

The Heart Of a Woman; A poem

The heart of a woman can be treacherous indeed...

Her words drip with honey, her mind is full of schemes...

Her ways are devilish and, oh, so selfish...

Yes, even at her best, she's a conniver no less...

She's bitter as wormwood, or so this may seem...

Yes, the heart of a woman can be treacherous indeed...

Breaking the Poem Down Into Understanding.

The poem is about "motives" and because I am a woman the poem is about the heart of a woman, which is probably my heart. This makes sense because I do not know what lies inside the heart of a man in that case I can only speculate. However, because I am a woman I can speak on what lies in my own heart:

Lets examine these words and break them down:

The heart of a woman can be treacherous indeed:

We all know that evil lurks in the heart of everyone. We are all capable of being good and bad.

Her words drip with honey, her mind is full of schemes:

Sweet words drip from our lips because we've learned to tell people what they want to heart while our true motives are hidden in our heart.

Her ways are devilish and oh, so selfish:

Let's be honest, most of us won't do anything without a self-fulfilling motive meaning, we expect a return on all of our investments.

Yes, even at her best she's a conniver no less:

The best way to understand this is "manipulative" constantly finding ways to have things flow our way, which doesn't feel conniving but actually feels natural.

She's bitter as wormwood or, though this may seem:

This line that came from my own heart baffled even me. We are chameleons and we are able to change or, adapt to any situation, this is because we know that "man" judges by outward appearances but only God can see our heart; so, a person may not always be what they appear to be.

Yes, the heart of a woman can be treacherous indeed:

Discerning the Heart.

The poem is not so much about a woman with a treacherous heart, but about treachery in the heart of us all. When I began to understand discernment, I was led to the scripture in Romans 3:10-31.

We label others by what we perceive as being bad or good. The truth is we are all capable of being both. Even a murderer is capable of doing good deeds, and a holy-filled, sanctified person, is capable of doing bad.

Discernment has a purpose. It teaches us to not be flattered by sweet words. To not be impressed with every action. We are not always able to discern the motives of others, but God discerns all things because He searches the heart.

Discernment also helps with understanding ourselves and others. In order to understand others and human nature, we must understand ourselves and be honest about what we are capable of doing under certain circumstances.

We constantly build celebrities up only to become disappointed when we find out they're no better than us. We look for people to idolize because we want a standard to strive for, but we cannot find that perfection in people it only exists in God.

Are Your Motives Pure?

This poem was most likely watered by seeds planted from my heavy meditation on proverbs and psalms. Most of my work, which I call my fruit, are biblical inspired. And although this is a fun read and I can honestly say I have had the most fun with it, there is a message that lies beneath. A wise person considers before they speak. The same mouth that will uplift and speak life to the spirit can also tear down and injure the soul. Guard your heart with all diligence for out of it springs the issues of life. Know that we serve a God who knows all, sees all and is all. For man may judge by outward appearance but God judges the heart.

Based on this poem how would you evaluate your heart?

How would you rate your heart?

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    • Dana Tate profile imageAUTHOR

      Dana Tate 

      5 years ago from LOS ANGELES

      Yes, I must admit this is a poem of chastisement but one that has truly been a blessing too me. Many times we do not realize the deception that lies in our heart, because it almost seem normal to manipulate to get our own way. But it was a true testament that God will not be mocked. The blessed thing about the chastisement is instead of shaming me it caused me to love and worship the Lord more. The confirmation that He knew me better than I knew myself, and that He is an all knowing God shocked me to my very core. Thank you for visiting and leaving such a generous comment.

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      5 years ago from Harrisburlg, Pennsylvania

      Brava Dana: I applaud you on another fine masterpiece. This hub may target women and that is a good thing, because you are saying What the Apostle James warns us about the treachery that lives in the heart that says it is alright to praise God with one breathe and curse man with same mouth and that is treacherous. The intent, motive, and desire to speech against anyone, or to plot mischief are all symptoms of a bad tree. Wow Dana, I read the testimony you gave above and this poem is a powerful poem. You went through a purging, cleansing, chastisement and so much more. You would understand how King David would declare, Thy Rod and Thy Staff comfort me. You are now comforted because the rod corrective power is pouring out a sweet fragrance and His staff is leading you, without the correction that treachery would be an odor and not a fragrance. You break this poem down magnificently. My heart shouts brava to you!

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      Dana Tate 

      6 years ago from LOS ANGELES

      Word55: God, create in me a new heart' Is a perfect analysis of the true meaning of the poem! I wish I had thought of that first. I may have to revamp my hub. That is exactly what the Lord does He changes your heart.

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      Al Wordlaw 

      6 years ago from Chicago

      Hi Dana, Good to reread this, when David in the Psalms 51: 10 said to God, "create in me a new heart" he was as sincere as you were. Without spiritualism in our lives we are subject to treacherousness, deceit and evil. If people could imagine how good God is for them they would turn to Him for the renewing of their hearts and souls right away.

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      Dana Tate 

      6 years ago from LOS ANGELES

      I'm so happy to know you understood the meaning of the poem Missy. I received much controversy, so I had to break it down so people would know I wasn't throwing shade on women. Thank you for reading and commenting.

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      Missy Smith 

      6 years ago from Florida

      I think this poem was just brilliant Dana. I like how you broke it down for people to understand better. However, I'm happy to say I totally got it from the first sentence.

      I loved it!!! :)

    • Dana Tate profile imageAUTHOR

      Dana Tate 

      6 years ago from LOS ANGELES

      Tiki33: Thank you for taking the time to read my hub. You have a great understanding of the point I was making when these words entered my heart. Even though the poem was about me, I was surprised how manipulation is within us, even when we don't realize it. When I wrote this poem it made me examine myself; it was then I truly understood God understands us better than we understand ourselves.

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      6 years ago

      This is deep. Truth lies here. Both women and men can be good and bad. God knows who we truly are and he knows are hearts. I think we all expect some sort of return, some may say that they don't, but that's not so. If we give someone something than we expect a thank you. That's expecting something. No one wants to consider themselves as manipulative but we have that within us.

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      Dana Tate 

      6 years ago from LOS ANGELES

      melissae1963; I appreciate you taking the time to read and comment on my hub. Thank you for your visit!

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      Melissa Reese Etheridge 

      6 years ago from Tennessee, United States

      Excellent analysis of a poem and connections. You hit it right on the head. I appreciate the way that you made the connection with a Bible verse.

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      Joanna Chandler 

      6 years ago from On Planet Earth

      He God knows the heart and trieth the reins. Yes we all have deceit and bad qualities in us , we can also act out a role to hide our emotions , some people can I am not one of those i let you know when I am not pleased.

      yes by our actions we perceive to others who we be or i guess what they think we are. The heart of man is deceitful and desperately wicked above ALL THINGS.

      Have a wonderful day Dana

      Happy New Year and all the best , May God continue to walk by your side!

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      Dana Tate 

      7 years ago from LOS ANGELES

      Yes He has created in me a new heart. I'll share the true meaning of this poem with you and I have done this with no other. When the Lord told me about the plans He had for my life. I became obsessed and impatient with the blessing that He told me was coming. At first I was patient, thinking it was coming right away. Then I began to start praying, begging and when that didn't work I became angry with the Lord because I felt I was suffering and needed just a few pieces of fruit off the vine. I felt the Lord would show me some favor because I loved Him so and wrote such beautiful poetry for Him that was true from my heart. Well, the Lord answered my prayers and the result was this poem. Basically He said to me "I hear your beautiful words but I also see your heart. The anger, the manipulation, the plans of what you plan to do when your season comes". If you read the poem again now that you have the true understanding I'm sure you will find it funny. That's why my message was " Watch your heart because we serve a Lord who sees our true motives"... basically the poem is a chastisement. Can you imagine I got busted out by God.!!! Thank you for reading.

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      Al Wordlaw 

      7 years ago from Chicago

      Dana, I've Checked out another one of your performing poems :-) This is an award winning poem because of its true substance. However, God has created in you a brand new heart, huh? Thank you so much for the sharing *

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      Dana Tate 

      7 years ago from LOS ANGELES

      Joedolphin88 what a pleasure to gain a new follower. I am so glad you appreciate this piece. I have had more people pay attention to the words and not my understanding that the poem was about "motives" of the heart. Thank you so much for appreciating, reading and commenting. I look forward to reading and commenting on your work. Thanks again.

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      7 years ago from north miami FL

      Very powerful and insightful poem, it really bridges some gaps.

    • Dana Tate profile imageAUTHOR

      Dana Tate 

      7 years ago from LOS ANGELES

      Thank you for your kind comment Jodah, it is a very brave poem I'm glad you saw the humor and message behind it. Thank's for the comment and vote up.

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      John Hansen 

      7 years ago from Gondwana Land

      This may be a brave poem Dana, and I can se why many men applaud and women would Your explanation puts it all in context though and we know that out wards appearances and emotions are not always what is inside. We are all programmed how to get what we want and to do what it takes to obtain the desired outcome. Men and women usually to about it in different ways Voted up.


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