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Nobody Speaks for me, I speak for myself

Nobody speaks for me
I speak for myself

The topic: Politics
I preferred Candidate A
He preferred Candidate B
An intellectual debate rose
Or so we thought
He acknowledged that I have a functional brain
I love it, am all geared up.
I take my place beside him as a worthy opponent
20 or so minutes later
He got personal
My intellect was up for questioning
He was getting frustrated and pushy
I, as a woman, should back down
I should support his candidate
Despite my better judgment
Despite being of sound mind
He is the Man, My Man
Am the Woman, His Woman
He is expects nothing but submission
He is hurt and angry that I persist
Persist to drive my point across
Persist to defend my stand
Persist to stand my ground
Am shocked!
But backing down is not an option
He tears down at my femininity
I hear words like: submission, humility,
He talks about his ideal wife
He describes a dumb, brainless me
I am bleeding inside
He dangles marriage to me like a carrot to a horse
I will cry later
Right now, I have to wear feminism as an armour
For my sake, for my daughter’s sake
She has to grow in a home where the woman’s voice is heard and respected.
Right now, I have to wear feminism as an armour

Comments

loretta's picture

astounding!

I am speechless, I couldn't have written it better.

Keep on keeping on.

Loretta.

Loretta.

A successful woman is one who can build a firm foundation with the bricks others throw at her. Author Unkown.

Brilliant Naomi Mwaura.
I have to remember the following lines by heart...

But backing down is not an option
He tears down at my femininity
I hear words like: submission, humility,
He talks about his ideal wife
He describes a dumb, brainless me
I am bleeding inside
He dangles marriage to me like a carrot to a horse
I will cry later
Right now, I have to wear feminism as an armour

bhavna's picture

But backing down is not my option

Kudos! impressive indeed. That is the real strength "to persist".
More power to your pen
Let the armour of feminism guide us to the path of success
Best wishes :)

MDG's picture

weighty words

Naomi, i was moved to speechlessness by the powerful expression in your poem. I love the silent strength and the courage that is depicted in your poem, not only for the poet but also for the poet's daughter and others like her. I look forward to many more.

Thank you so much,

stella

hillary24's picture

Very powerful

I enjoyed reading this and thanks for sharing, the piece is very touching yet so empowering.

Woman of voice's picture

no more

The time for intimidation of women by men is over. We have taken our power back and we will not back down

ABBY KAKIYES's picture

Impressive

Impressive ! and there's much more where that came from.....keep your pen busy Gurl !

Tessie's picture

Beautiful Sister, Very good

Beautiful Sister,
Very good poem. Keep it up.
Tessie

salient cry

So GREAT!
Your armor is made of loving steel and his sword is a drying blade of grass.
Gertrude Stein once said, "Let Me Listen to Me and Not Them"
And you are doing just that, congratulations sister.
camila

valerie camila rhodes

pelamutunzi's picture

well said

this is a great poem made me reflect on a number of things well donee

we may be powerless to stop an injustice but let there never be a time we fail to protest.
regards
pela

asmaul's picture

Moving!

The poem is beautiful and truly moving!

Phionah Musumba's picture

Kudos, Naomi!

I have no words to describe the feeling, Sister. Let's just say your poem touched a raw nerve!
All the best.

Phy
Centre for Disadvantaged Girls, Kenya
www.galsissues.blogspot.com
https://www.facebook.com/MalkiaCDG

byamungu bahati pascal's picture

Thanks

C'est vraiment un journal touchant. Il demande beaucoup des reféxions. Merci de nous en faire part.

Pascal BYAMUNGU

Maya Norton's picture

I'm so glad you went for the

I'm so glad you went for the poem, Naomi. Powerful and spirited. And brave, really brave. I believe in your strength.

~ Maya

Sangita Thapa's picture

powerful words

Dear Naomi, you have expressed it so brilliantly. powerful words and smooth flow, that's what i like about your poem. Thanks for sharing.

otahelp's picture

the exact spirit

we all must have a fighting spirit. we must not be dominated again or be pushed and relegated to the background. we must stand firm and be right in whatever we are doing. the spirit is there, give it a sprint.

keep faith

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Initiative
Lets keep the light shining

Naomi Mwaura's picture

Hello Sisters, I have been

Hello Sisters,
I have been reading your comments and I am humbled that other ladies were able to identify and understand what I was going through when i wrote this poem. I am also happy that the poem invoked some introspection.
I had never experienced this before mainly because elections are held every five years :-) It was a time that got me to think about what i want in life, how i want to treated and self-expression. Here's to being your own heroine!!

Thank you for your responses and support.

Your's in sisterhood,
Naomi N Mwaura.

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