Community Update

World Pulse Toolkits Available!

At World Pulse, we recognize the need for ongoing learning—for you and for your community! Our toolkits are all available here.

We are especially excited to share our signature Citizen Journalism and Digital Empowerment Curriculum. Start learning today!

VOF Week 2: The Girl-Soldier

The Girl-Soldier

Injustice, corruption, discriminations she saw
Deeply entrenched in her society
ruling all and sundry

Her youthful innocent heart bleeds
She shields blood and not tears
She was too disappointed to understand

Then she carried a gun to fight
A gun of truth
The gun of passion
The gun of selfless service

Her gun is her passion to make a difference
The courage to be the changed
The determination to make a change

There goes the girl-soldier

Comments

Maria de Chirikof's picture

girl soldiers

I love that image! A gun of truth and a passion to make a difference. It is why I come here, I want to do great things to help the world become better but have only my words right now. Together we see how each of us is doing our part by sharing and caring for each other.

thank you for the beautiful poem!

Maria

Oluwatoyin Ajao's picture

I agree with you Maria

Dear Maria,
thanks so much for this beautiful comment. You are very right and I agree with you that together we can make a difference...

Toyin Ajao

Grace Taylor's picture

A poignant poem

This poem brings up painful truth as well as a positive vision. It makes me curious about you as the author, and whether the girl-soldier is you and whether the gun in the poem is a metaphor or a weapon or both. In any case, I like the use of poetry in response to the week's assignment. Quite powerful. Poetry does leave the reader asking questions, though. Not a bad thing, but I do find myself wanting to know how this relates to your personal story. I also understand that some stories are hard to share and perhaps the tool of poetry gets us to the emotional truth without the need for the details. Thanks for sharing this with us, and for your courage.

Grace
VOF listener for this assignment

Magazine »

Read global coverage through women's eyes

PHOTO ESSAY: The Dreams in Their Eyes

PHOTO ESSAY: The Dreams in Their Eyes

Community »

Connect with women on the ground worldwide

On Women's Agency in Southern Africa

On Women's Agency in Southern Africa

Campaigns »

Be heard at influential forums

WWW: Women Weave the Web

WWW: Women Weave the Web

Programs »

Help us train women citizen journalists

World Pulse Voices of Our Future

World Pulse Voices of Our Future

Blog »

Read the latest from World Pulse headquarters

Welcome, Women in the World!

Welcome, Women in the World!

Partners »

Join forces with our wide network of partners

Nobel Women's Initiative

Nobel Women's Initiative