An ode to women

Sunshine, that’s what she is. Pure, radiant love, that beams from her soul into yours, as she infects you with her charm. Sunshine that’s what she brings, as her laughter glows through the cracks of your anguish bringing joy and happiness to your gloom and despair. Okay, okay, so poetry has never been much of my strong point, but I thought I’d try. In South Africa, the 9th of August is Women’s Day; a day in which we are meant to celebrate women and their strength, trials, achievements and beauty. It has now extended into a month of celebrating women, because as we all know that one day would never be long enough to truly appreciate what the women in our lives have done for us all. So in honour of all the truly amazing and phenomenal women in South Africa and all around the world, my submission for this week is a poem written by someone more gifted than I am; and a song celebrating women. Poem for South African Women – written by June Jordan (1936 – 2002) Our own shadows disappear as the feet of thousands by the tens of thousands pound the fallow land into new dust that rising like a marvellous pollen will be fertile even as the first woman whispering imagination to the trees around her made for righteous fruit from such deliberate defence of life as no other still will claim inferior to any other safety in the world The whispers too they intimate to the inmost ear of every spirit now aroused they carouse in ferocious affirmation of all peaceable and loving amplitude sound a certainly unbounded heat from a baptismal smoke where yes there will be fire And the babies cease alarm as mothers raising arms and heart high as the stars so far unseen nevertheless hurl into the universe a moving force irreversible as light years travelling to the open eye And who will join this standing up and the ones who stood without sweet company will sing and sing back into the mountains and if necessary even under the sea: we are the ones we have been waiting for.     I Am Woman – Lyrics by Helen Reddy and Ray Burton I am woman, hear me roar In numbers too big to ignore And I know too much to go back an’ pretend ’cause I’ve heard it all before And I’ve been down there on the floor No one’s ever gonna keep me down again CHORUS Oh yes I am wise But it’s wisdom born of pain Yes, I’ve paid the price But look how much I gained If I have to, I can do anything I am strong (strong) I am invincible (invincible) I am woman You can bend but never break me ’cause it only serves to make me More determined to achieve my final goal And I come back even stronger Not a novice any longer ’cause you’ve deepened the conviction in my soul Oh yes I am wise But it’s wisdom born of pain Yes, I’ve paid the price But look how much I gained If I have to I can face anything I am strong (strong) I am invincible (invincible) I am woman Oh, I am woman I am invincible I am strong
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