"I am hearing poetry when awake, dreaming poetry when asleep, breathing poetry with each breath, I am living in a poem."

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

The Woman I Am

"Lend your voices only to sounds of freedom
No longer lend your strength to that which you wish to be free from
Fill your lives with love and bravery
And you shall lead a life uncommon"

Life Uncommon ~ Jewel

I am not war
I am peace

I am not division
I am unity

I am not a voice in the desert
I am the microphone

I am not chained
I am free

I am not tomorrow
I am today

I am not in a man's shadow
I am the light

I am not a token rib
I am the spine

©Susie Clevenger 2016


Rommy said...

Strongly stated and poweful

colleen said...

Strong words to live by and speak.

rallentanda said...

I am not the token rib
I am the spine

Fine words. Women are the backbone of the species.

brudberg said...

Simply perfect...Alas the saddest thing is that it has to be written...

Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

So may it be!

Gillena Cox said...

luv this for its directness and clarity

much love...

Kerry O'Connor said...

A great sense of self is conveyed in these emphatic statements.

Marian said...

Yeah, love that last couplet especially.

piano warm said...

This is so good. Excellent work.

Jim said...

Nice work with the "I am not's" and the "I am's," Susie. My favorite and I think the most powerful is the 'division' vs. 'unity' although it seemed to be the 'voice' and the 'microphone' being fairly close second. I was trying to think of one word which could cover all the "I am's" but had none. You may have tried also? I think "messenger" would cover several but not every one well.

Outlawyer said...

The end makes this especially strong, as one thinks of women throughout the world. Thanks. Hope you are feeling better. k.

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Sherry Blue Sky said...

I! LOVE! THIS! Hear us roar!

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