Raising Her Voice

How can a woman with no face have a voice?
When draped in silk or defaced by acid,
she speaks to us of her man’s attempts
to exert a mythical power.
When distorted through blows
she cries out for help and condemns us
when through shocked apathy we do too little.

Yet hear her roar of acclamation when her children excel
though she never had the chance to grace a school-room.
Listen to the echoes of her encouragement
reverberate through their confidence, or lack of it.
Her cheerful chorus to the rhythmic pounding of the soil,
or to the scrub and bubble of her washing in the distant stream,
sings an aria that proclaims her invincibility. She will NOT be silenced.

 

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About Gabrielle Burns

I am a Jamaican at play here in this vast playground in cyberspace....Yes, at times I do like to live dangerously, but I AM also working hard at becoming more interesting by the day... :)
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One Response to Raising Her Voice

  1. ON RAISING HER VOICE….HOW LOUDLY SHE SINGS AS THE WORLD OVERLOOKS HER PLIGHT AND REFUSES TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE BLIGHT. TK U MLJ LV NV

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