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I am a Woman empowered by my words- Poem

I am the martyr,
the mother of the martyr,
the sister of the martyr,
the daughter of the martyr...
I am the injured of the revolution...the protester...the jailed...the detained...
the tortured...the exiled... the kidnapped...the raped...
I am the veiled, the non-veiled...
it's according to my deep conviction...
I am white, light skinned, dark-skinned...
anyway, I am a beautiful soul...
I am young by spirit, old by experience...
I am the pregnant...the wife...the single mother... the widow...
I am living with HIV...
I am living with one hand...one leg...one kidney... but,
I study... I work... I travel...

Yet I am NOT the victim... I am the leader...
I clean up the streets of my nation ...
I raise up the past, present and future generations...
I speak out for my son at school,
for my client in court,
for my art at theater,
for my mom at hospital,
for my mind on paper...

I live in the city, in the town, in the countryside, in the suburb, in the mountains, on the borders, ...
I am Africa, Asia, America, Europe, Australia and every corner where there is life and sound...
I boost the economy... I advance the technology...

Do I deserve to be equal to you? YES I do because I AM a Woman empowered by my words
I raise my voice for human rights, for justice, for social change..
and I use digital technology to empower myself..
I use connections to unite..
I use platforms to debate..
I use my words to shape the reality..
I perform...
I lead..

My achievements are not to be waived...
My dreams are not for giving up...
My body is not for sale...
My mind is not for manipulation...
My place is not for abdication...
My job is not for quitting...
My views are not for granted...
My rights are not to be violated...

Why? because I AM a woman empowered by my words

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Rhoda Robinson's picture

Wonderful

Poetry is not just writing, but a canoe skillfully guided by the boatman to convey our message through the turbulence that is in our world today.

Your words ring true and through.

Simply Wonderful.

Rhoda Robinson
Director, Adminsitration
Coordinator, Hands up for HER Campaign
www.hacey.org
handsupforher.wordpress.com

Aya Chebbi's picture

you're saying poetry

Dear Rhoda, your words are poetry to my ears. Please if you write poetry, I'd love to read your writings.

Aya Chebbi
Proudly Tunisian

Rhoda Robinson's picture

Thanks you. I used to write

Thanks you. I used to write but I stopped a while back. Your words are very beautiful.

Rhoda Robinson
Director, Adminsitration
Coordinator, Hands up for HER Campaign
www.hacey.org
handsupforher.wordpress.com

Aya Chebbi's picture

Keep writing poetry

Dear Rhoda, why stopping? I used to stop writing too for a long while but I went back to my poetry world recently and you know what, it feels so good :) please keep writing, try to take the pen again and put some thoughts in some words, it doesn't have to be perfect "poetically", it just has to come from the heart :)
I'll be looking forward to your new piece, please post it on World Pulse and let me know, I'd love to read it and exchange some ideas of our poems.

with Love,

Aya Chebbi
Proudly Tunisian

Corine Milano's picture

Wow, Aya! This is a powerful

Wow, Aya! This is a powerful poem. Your words and courage inspire me--please keep writing, you are very talented!

Aya Chebbi's picture

many thanks

Thank you Corine for your encouragement :)

Aya Chebbi
Proudly Tunisian

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