Poem: Unapologetically female

Today is International Women’s Day, and I have been thinking about it a lot; for instance, I remember the protests in London, and how there were the demonstrations for President’s Trump’s visit.┬áThis was something hastily scribbled in my notebook, kind of in response, I guess:

What does it mean

To be unapologetically female?

To be brave, to be bold

the high to the low

when somethings are more than just obscene.

We are told not to be angry,

because we have to please.

Cover everything up, be modest

And for Gods sake, it’s vulgar, this striptease!

History made us silent

by virtue, by the book

forgetting our achievements, our contributions-

and admiring us only for our ‘look’.

History broke bread with men,

but from the ashes grow the roses, heightened by their shade,

the silence has been too long

Now there’s other things need to be said

Keep speaking up, keep speaking up

Shout louder my love

Go on, go on, go on

Because it is only then

When we become visible, seen