August 7, 2012

these women

I recently had the honor of hearing 2011 Nobel Peace Prize winner, Leymah Gbowee speak.  
This poem is dedicated to her.

these women dance
in the dusty streets
singing their songs of sadness, anger
and forgiveness
these women dance
they refuse to be silent anymore
no more rapes
no more mutilations
no more murder
no more war
these women dance
as tears roll down their faces
no more children with guns and machetes
taught to kill their neighbors and friends
taught to kill their own families
these women dance
as they shake their fists
at the warlords
at the soldiers
these women dance
even though some are killed
others take up this dance of peace
they are mothers
and daughters
and sisters
these women dance

Leymah Gbowee

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  1. That gave me goosebumps Kevin :)

    1. Thanks! These women are amazing. They changed their country - the war is over and they have elected the first woman president in the history of Liberia (maybe all of Africa).
      People all over the world complain about their circumstances every day, but very few of us actually stand up and do something about it. People like Leymah Gbowee give me hope for the planet.

  2. Dude. I normally don't like poetry and shit but that was pretty damn good.

    1. Dude, I'm glad you liked it.
      I normally do like poetry but, like you, I don't like shit. :)

  3. peace please.

    vivid imagery, thanks for bringing in a powerful topic here.

    Happy Rally.

    1. I'm with you - peace please. Thanks for reading!

  4. I really liked this poem. There is hope in this piece. Good job.

  5. Wow! I felt like crying as I read this; there was a lump in my throat that made it hard to swallow and then the pictures started in my mind as I continued to read. They were knocked down, raped, tortured, but they stood up, shook themselves off and did not allow their circumstances to enslave them. They broke those chains and stood proudly and changed everything around them. This is an extraordinary strength from some extraordinary women. Wonderful piece Kevin! Blessings!

  6. Strong poignant writing Kevin ... I've written some about Africa and some about child-soldiers but nothing quite like this ... very cool and how wonderful that you got to hear Gbowee - she was clearly inspirational and you did her proud


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