I Am A Woman

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The strength of a Woman, of all women

Submitted: September 18, 2016

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I Am A Woman

I am a woman

And I have carried my children

Across the raging waters,

And over the deserts length---

And you dare to tell that me I am not strong.

I have watched my children die

Murdered, innocent in their beds

When I thought them safe,

Taken by those who could not teach

Those who could not reach---

And you dare to tell me

That I am not strong.

I am a woman and I have

Worked the fields with children in toe,

After my man has passed on---

So we all might

Have food & shelter

Come the fall of night---

So the wolf would not

Attack these, my children, after

The light has gone way---

And you dare to tell me

That I am not strong.

You tell me that I cannot have the rights

Of the man who came before me

That I am, somehow, not

Equal to his feats

Because my anatomy

 is different than his---

It was a woman that brought

Him into this world---

And you dare to tell me I am not strong.

I have the strength of collective battles

Fought by my maternal ancestors

I have the strength of a woman

who has seen too many years---

years of cold, years of darkness.

I have the strength of a mother

Who has had to bring her children up alone?

I have the strength of a woman---

And you dare to tell me I am not strong!

 

 


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