Every woman

by Brenda   Nov 15, 2016


I have survived
thousands of years-
Given birth in a cotton field
and went back to work-
I have been the downfall
of more than one
head of state
with just the swish of my hips-
I have been labeled a heretic,
burned at the stake
for my beliefs-
You will find me gracing
the front cover
of a fashion magazine-
You will also find me splayed open
in the center of another-
I have worked a double,
taken night classes
and still raised a family-
I have been stoned to death
for being accused
of speaking to a man-
I've also flown to space,
broken through glass ceilings
but still make less
than my fellow man
for the same work-
I've been married off
as a mere child
to a man old enough to be
my grandfather-
I have had my genitalia mutilated
all in the name
of my cultures beliefs-
I have bore children
and lost them also
burying them along with all my tears-
I have been brutally raped
and then accused of
dressing inappropriately-
I have been lauded, coveted,
the toast of the town-
I've also been verbally and physically abused,
being treated like property-
I come in all shapes and sizes,
all different shades,
an entire spectrum of differences-
For all the differences
we are all the same-
Inside our bodies
beats the heart
of every woman-

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  • 1 year ago

    by Brise

    This is such a powerful poem ! Love this !

    • 1 year ago

      by Brenda

      Thank you so much! It was one of those that once the words came it just flowed.

  • 1 year ago

    by Phoenix ¥

    Wow this poem is so touching and well written, hard hitting and poignant. Very appropriate for International Women’s Day tomorrow!

    • 1 year ago

      by Brenda

      Thank you so much! I appreciate your thoughts.

  • 2 years ago

    by Meena Krish

    I like this poem to the very inch of it!! Its one of those hard
    hitting, truth filled poem about how women are perceived,
    used, taken for granted and humiliated. What more this poem
    includes every woman as the title suggest from every walk of
    life, culture, religion; because in every culture women are been treated and used without mercy or care.

    The read itself is smoothly penned without missing a beat nor
    is there a hiccup or an intrusion of the flow which makes the reader want to read each and every line till the end and
    nodding one’s head in agreement. Overall, a painful read yet powerful. Excellent!

    • 2 years ago

      by Brenda

      Meena, thank you so much! I greatly appreciate your wonderful comments. I really did try to include every woman. I probably could have written about 4 more pages to encompass all of us. Hugs-

  • 3 years ago

    by Beautiful Tragedy

    This is such a raw and emotional, but absolutely amazing piece. Congratulations.
    Job very well done on this one

    • 3 years ago

      by Brenda

      Thank you so much! I really appreciate your comments and taking the time to read this-

  • 3 years ago

    by Jenn

    Congrats Brenda!
    Amazing, well deserved WIN!

    Jenn

    • 3 years ago

      by Brenda

      Thank you so much Jenn! I appreciate your comments.

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