If born a girl in today’s world,
extra pressure may be your toil.
Not quite as valued,
somehow less than,
a grim reminder to stay vigilant.
Keep your head, be heedful of those
who will try to demean you
and keep you downtrodden.
Stay in school; be a good girl.
Education is freedom
from many world woes.
And as you grow stronger
and can see what is healing,
spread the word among others like you.
The power is yours to be a strong vortex.
Women carry strength
for nurturing and care
but also for perseverance
against prevailing crosswinds.
The families’ core is a woman’s heart.
Have pride in yourself; take good care.
And if you should falter and ask what’s the use,
just think of me and the millions alike
who carry you close in our collective hearts.
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Claudia hosts tonight at dVerse Poets for Open Link Night: http://dversepoets.com/2013/03/12/openlinknight-week-87/
- The girl effect: protecting young girls and building better futures (nissiknows.wordpress.com)
- International Woman’s Day – Why Girls? (agirlcalledlynsey.com)