Atsiylah Atty Garfinkel

Women Of The World - Poem by Atsiylah Atty Garfinkel

We find ourselves limited by the roles we must play.
By the petty, the short sighted and the things that they say.

We were meant to be free to follow our hearts.
Just as you do, we wish to play different parts.

We want to dance and we want to sing,
but more than that we want to be free.

Free to follow where the wandering wind blows,
leading us to our own fates that only the wind knows.

We don't want to steal your path, or take what belongs to you,
We only want the right to live as freely as you do.

I will make mistakes, but no more than anyone will.
But my choices must be mine. I'll write with destiny's quill.

By trying to shelter and protect me, you wrong me each day.
I know that is not what's in your heart, but heed these words I pray.

We are not children in need of your protection and your fear.
We are strong and vibrant women, all we need is for you to hear.

We are able to take what is ours and crush you underfoot now,
but we would rather have you beside us enjoying our unfolding tao.

We come in all colors, shapes and sizes, and we have many names.
We're your mothers, wives, daughters, sisters & we come with out shame.

We are Asian, Anglo, African, Latin and Aboriginal too.
We are coming with or without your blessing, so what will you do?

Please walk beside us in unity, we are the women of the world,
Or get out of our way as our combined beauty and power is now unfurled.

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, May 9, 2012

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