They said

They said follow the rules

She did

They said bow to those mightier than you

She did

They said obscure your identity

She did

They said conform to our standards

She did

They say let us do what we want

But she didn’t

Now they say you are to be blamed

And she wasn’t

They have shed many skins

Like the reptile whose behavior they mimic

And she is no longer conforming

No longer bowing and scraping

Now she has her own identity

Her own might and purpose

She has become her own mistress

Strong and undefeated

* * *

A tribute to women who stand up to the bullying behavior of half of the population, the men( and of some women too). It’s been pointed out that today is the international men’s day ( about which I was completely in the dark) , so this is not about slandering all men. Just a reminder that we all,men and women admire the woman who stands strong for her values and principles.

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31 thoughts on “They said

  1. Nice poem. I like it. Sounds like something similar to what I might have written when I was still writing poetry. But I haven’t put my poetry pen to paper in years. Good job.

    I normally don’t point out typos, but I think you meant “…bow to those mightier than you”. The only reason I point this out is because “…then you.” changes the meaning of that sentence and reads strangely (to me).

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      1. Me too, and on/one of/off and a few others. And I will not catch them when I’m proofreading my own stuff. Not until months after I publish then I’m all, “Whatever.” And I normally don’t point mistakes out in other people’s stuff because I think it’s rude, but that one just stuck out because it changes the sentence significantly. If it bothers you, I’ll keep my mouth shut next time.

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        1. Not at all. My thanks to you for telling me about the mistake. And you were right, it was changing the meaning of the poem. I corrected it before too many people had read it, so thanks for saving me the embarrassment of realizing it later. And people would be saying what the …,

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          1. There’s a saying out there, “Some people are so busy looking for the mistakes they don’t see the meaning of the message.” or something like that. It burns my buns when the only response to a poem or a post is “You misspelled this…” Or “I think you meant…” and nothing else. I think that’s rude.

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  2. A fabulous tribute to female strength Sadje. Thanks for sharing! I am a Creative Life Coach with a poetry blog and here is today’s post about strong-hearted women :

    I am also on Instagram as #coachingcreatively, let’s follow each other if you use this medium? You can also find me on Facebook under Sam Allen wearing sunglasses with my head leaning against a tree! I love connecting with fellow creatives as you can see!

    Sunny greetings from Switzerland!

    Sam 🙂

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