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The Cost of Being a Woman

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After several hours of travail in labor
The news of my arrival brought disappointment
He had hoped for a boy, a heir
One that would run the family business
And carry on the family name
This was my cost of being born a girl.

After a sleepless night due to anxiety
My excitement soon turned to a night mare
The day I set foot in school
Little did I know that I was a target for ridicule
My voice and opinions were insignificant
This was my cost of being a female student

After patiently waiting to have my own space
My childhood was robbed by early marriage
Married off to a man I either knew or loved
Battered, abused and left for death
The weight of the world seemed to pull me down
This was my cost for being a woman

After eagerly waiting for when it would all be over
My adult life was robbed by enormous responsibilities
Overwhelmed by the needs of my children
I worked hard to the core of my being
To ensure that they would have a better future than did
This was my cost for being a mother

After battling through to the finishing line
My old age was snatched by an incurable disease
In pain and anguish I lay down daily waiting for death
Which seemed to enjoy eluding me
Finally peace like a river swept over my soul
This was my prayer for every battered woman

Noeline Kirabo Mulongo

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noelinekirabo's picture

Dedication

To all the women that have died at the hands of gender based violence
You are our hero's

Noeline Kirabo Mulongo

Unleashing the potential through individual minds

www.global-leadership.com

AchiengNas's picture

Thank you Neoline!

This is a beautiful poem!
I wish to meet fellow Ugandan Pulsers; a coffee together (coming) to teach each other / analyze way forward for freedom, justice, mentorship and access of this social media to our silent sisters and mothers.
Please find me at biitry@gmail.com.

Thank you,

Beatrice

I believe everybody has the potential to live a better life. Given the Opportunity, Education and Motivation ANYONE can become someone admirable. Nobody is a NOBODY, everybody is SOMEBODY.

noelinekirabo's picture

Great Idea

Thanks Beatrice,
I have been thinking about it too
I suggest you take the lead and I shall be willing to support you in any way that I can
I am in for this
Great idea

Noeline Kirabo Mulongo

Unleashing the potential through individual minds

www.global-leadership.com

noelinekirabo's picture

Great Idea

Thanks Beatrice,
I have been thinking about it too
I suggest you take the lead and I shall be willing to support you in any way that I can
I am in for this
Great idea

Noeline Kirabo Mulongo

Unleashing the potential through individual minds

www.global-leadership.com

jacollura's picture

Beautiful poem. Thank you for

Beautiful poem. Thank you for sharing.

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