We’ve been raised to believe that our worth is in caring, Not for ourselves as much as for others.
Well now you must do that. With a rebellious streak.
For now is the time to reveal yourself, true and deep.
Sink into your wisdom, what you’ve always known.
How to save food. How to say no.
Stand in your courage, name what you’ll fight for.
Your child’s right to an education. Your own space to grow.
Call forth your ancestors, the ones who fought wars.
She mended tanks, w
My wish for women is that they learn to love themselves. It’s harder than it seems. The words, “She loves herself” ring in my ears. They seem dangerous, even if I say them silently. An echo of school age judgement, shadowed by fear. The social retribution is not worth the risk. It’s safer to say what I don’t like about myself, than to be seen loving myself. I’ll fit in better that way. It was the return of International Women’s Day that got me thinking how these experiences h