Strong Women…

When people tell me to be strong, I don’t understand

What made them think that I am weak?

I have survived despite patriarchy on this land

Why should validation from men I seek?

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I can withstand labor pains

I have seen my own blood flow

Though men may hold the reins

Of my life, they should know

I have managed home and hearth

Despite education and opportunities denied to me

To children I have given birth

And fed them, even when my body was weary

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When I went along with decisions made for me

I was not weak, I had strengthened my body and mind

To preserve the architecture of the society

That, after all, men had designed…

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With or without societal rights, never have I been weak

I have been strong since humankind on earth appeared

For centuries, I was denied an opportunity to speak

For myself, but now I proclaim my strength without fear..

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