I am Woman #survival #poetry


 

so many walked

Looking up at the crack in the sidewalk

Unable to scream, I shudder

I feel the concrete about me move

“no please, not again” I mutter

I see the hand ready to strike

I brace myself like steal

I hear a board contact

There’s nothing that I feel

I look out at the falling snow

powdered sugar lightly shaken

oh to be nature pure

what hasn’t man from me taken?

I gather up my will

There are sounds beyond the mist

gentle breezes blow ahead

so many things I’ve missed

I look out at the falling snow

powdered sugar lightly shaken

wishing I could be pure

what hasn’t man from me taken?

You may not know my name

my boots trudge the well known way

“Survivor” I lay claim

with love this path is paved

 

The prompt this week at Poets United is Survival. The prompt is in recognition of Women around the world who have survived abuse, war, life…  International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

Do you know that 70% of women have been raped? (That number is low.) I was part of a group of women writing about the atrocity of rape and how accepted it is in many cultures.  A  male friend of mine commented that it wasn’t a big deal (unless you were a virgin) when you were raped. No comment!

My title Echos a Song by Helen Reddy: I am Woman

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. I look out at the falling snow
    powdered sugar lightly shaken
    wishing I could be pure
    what hasn’t man from me taken?

    These lines really overwhelmed me ❤ so beautifully and delicately expressed. Rape is a huge offense and victims of it are traumatized their entire life 😦 Hope and pray for justice always.

    Lots of love,
    Sanaa

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  2. Oh my goodness, the comment about rape just floors me. Must be easier on the conscience to think that way. Argh. Your poem really hits the message home, especially the purity of the snow, and “what hasnt man from me taken?”

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  3. “what hasn’t man from me taken?
    I gather up my will”

    And that is the miracle, to have an unbroken will to survive. This poem reveals how hard it is to remember that and walk away.

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  4. All I can say is that the abuse that women have suffered historically explains why many of them are so strong and much stronger than men. We have a long way to go in achieving justice and genuine respect. I have seen the bruises of battered women and and have been entrusted with their stories. You would never guess if you saw them. They are too ashamed for it to be known so they keep it hidden. Good poem.

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    1. Thanks Rall. I also when I have seen the (inside) bruises have been surprised because these women had it together. However if they can’t be strong their life is forfeit ( one of my dearest friends ended her life as a result.)

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  5. ‘What hasn’t man taken from me’ – is so very powerful and yet like the act of survival it is not self pitying or trying to point blame…survivor is a brilliant start…and indeed, love and compassion is the key to keep surviving…sensitively and powerfully written..and i agree – to negate rape in any from certainly isn’t valid – and no comment a dignified response

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