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Here’s a protest poem by Abha, on the occasion of International Women’s Day (IWD), exclusively in Different Truths.
You have come a long way, baby.
I say I have a long way to go, baby.
But I am getting there.
The long and weary path
We women have trudged for centuries.
I know the hard pebbles that have
Cut my tender feet and those of many
of the soft mouth
And soft voice
have become forged steel.
Hard with the truth
of what has subjugated
us so long under Time’s wheel.
Putting our interests
before others all the time.
Today we will be first.
with skirts high, and heads high
is a hunger, a need, a thirst.
No shaming of us, our bodies, our voice
We now give you no choice.
Not listen to demands, to cajoles,
To threats, to promises of any kind
We are women who speak our mind.
Gather force together.
I know it has taken us a while.
But we are here to show the world
We mean business, baby,
And it’s been coming for a long time.
Keep walking, talking, holding hands
Showing each other the way.
It will happen every day, all the way…
Not just on International Women’s Day.
Photo from the internet.
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