« Because I am a Woman » de Paula G : poème en l’honneur de la Journée internationale de la Femme

Nous publions un poème de la poétesse PaulaG, écrit en anglais à l’occasion de la Journée internationale de la Femme.

Because I am a Woman 

Here I stand

What you see

Is a woman

This outer me

When I cry

Some call me weak

But when you do

It’s me you seek

When I fight

Some call me witch

But when you do

It is rich

When I scream

You call me mad

And when you do

It’s me that’s bad

When I sigh

You attack my patience

But breath from you

Demands my presence

When I work hard

You command more

When you do this

I must adore

But when you do

It’s me you seek

When I fight

Some call me witch

But when you do

It is rich

When I scream

You call me mad

And when you do

It’s me that’s bad

When I sigh

You attack my patience

But breath from you

Demands my presence

When I work hard

You command more

When you do this

I must adore

When I speak

You do not listen

When I speak

You do not listen

Words from you

I need permission

When I tell you

How I feel

You find something

Else to reveal

When I feel low

You barely notice

When you do

You always show this

When you meet me

You don’t acknowledge

When I meet you

It’s like in college

When I ask why

You say because

But when you do

We get new laws

When I give love

You disembark

When you do

To me it’s dark

When I challenge

You fight back

But when you do

It’s my attack

When I say fair

You look away

But when you do

I have to pay

When I think

You are impatient

But when from you

It’s most important

When I add value

You barter this

Make it your own

You are priceless

When I celebrate

You look elsewhere

But when you do

I have to care

When I give birth

You claim the name

But birth you can’t

We aren’t the same

When you see me

This woman here

There is no justice

When you add fear

When I succeed

You can’t ignore

That I was equal

Maybe more

Because…

I am a woman

In this form

I’m equal to you

And this I warn

What you can’t see

In my importance

You needed me

For your existence

The birth of you

And that of me

All have the right

Of the dignity

To see this true

As a law

Every human

Equal for all

All us humans

That ever be

All have in common

What is for free

To every woman

And man you see

There is a slight

Inequality

How you look

At me somehow

A sad injustice

The world right now

Right is wrong

If it’s not good

A challenged heart

Not understood

So look again

Answer the truth

Can you admit

It starts in youth

Do you know how

Can you make change

What’s in the world

Needs to exchange

#PaulaG

“There is no given gender

Within the inner soul

And now you will remember

A woman told you so!”

#Opism

I am not biased

Nor accusing

Only stating

My observing

Published by PaulaG

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