Ni Una Menos

by Karla   Nov 28, 2016

This woman is not a woman.
she is a sort of bendable agony,
a maleable victim of the words.

she smiles more than she can bear
and pleases the walking clouds.
she is gentle with the rattle snakes
no matter how close they are.
she believes invisibility and camouflage
are synonyms.

she hasn't changed much
since she became a symptom.
ubiquity is her strength.
she is where silence is law.

it's a pity you can't hear
her heart beating beneath her ragged dreams.
i bet you thought she was dead.
she isn't yet.
i was told you misconfused her
for a piece of furniture.
it is not your fault though.
you can blame those who came
before her if you feel more comfortable.

she may survive eternity
because she has endured the burden
of being a whisper,
a distant wound.

as she marches against everything,
i wonder who can empower her.,
who can understand when
she says she wants to be free,
not brave.

karla bardanza


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  • 3 years ago


    A powerful piece and very strong, full of emotion coming out of every word!

  • 4 years ago

    by Em

    This is wow... No words!!

  • 4 years ago

    by Mr. Darcy

    Ddavids comment says it all for me. A truly powerful poem. You have used a full stop followed by a comma in the last stanza. Is this deliberate? Maybe a test? You, dear lady are empowered.

    Thanks for sharing.


  • 4 years ago

    by Naughtymouse

    Very strong write, I love your word choice and the emotions you evoke are just as strong. wonderfully written

  • 4 years ago

    by ddavidd

    I am not sure if everyone here truly appreciate the clarity and the supper strength of you poems, this on for example.
    The logic is very strong which you found very rarely in non professional poetry.

    Native Indians believe pain and all those thing that you mentioned are the real path to freedom. So then, except in cases of war, women are way ahead of men, in the countries such as ours.