1 Billion Rising

Today women around the world will dance against violence and rape (see http://onebillionrising.org/) A small poem is my contribution:

A silent soul in tortured pain
She cries and moans, it’s all in vain
Her body broken, her mind unspoken

For all the beatings that she took

1 Billion Rising
No end to sizing
We have the strength and aptitude
To step outside mere gratitude

A quiet heart in grand commotion
She stamps and moves, it’s all in motion
Her eyes dilated, her mouth extended

For all the conventions that she shook

1 Billion Rising
No end to sizing
We have the ability and the skill
To break the line of patriarchs’ will

A bashful psyche in poetic upheaval
She hurls and defies, it’s all in retrieval
Her thoughts regained, her words delivered

For all the stories she wrote in her book

1 Billion Rising
No end to sizing
We have the knowledge and the wit
To stop this fury’s endless hit

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