women wonder

Please take a minute or two to just
think about those women in your life …
your mother, sister, daughter, wife
cousin, friend, colleague, neighbour

think of all the chores they do
of what joy they bring to your life
how often do you compliment them
please try to boost their self-worth

for every woman you know
has endured gross injustice
discrimination in many forms
from employment, wages to rape

too used to being put down
they laugh and act the clown
or become more tough to cope
as they struggle with little hope

that men will ever respect them
as essential to their daily life
or allow their full potential
to blossom without fear

or threat of smutty jokes
innuendo, injustices galore
poverty prejudice cut to the core
are you respectful without flaw?

how could you help them more
cut the demeaning side swipes
keep them safe, stand up for them
for they deserve love not chagrin

check your own attitude
don’t ration your gratitude
please speak up every time
others cross that nebulous line

it’s time for all of us to grow
let women glow and don’t be slow
to take a more protective stance
so women and peace can advance!

to celebrate International Women’s Day on Monday 9th
PS this is an exercise for every single person …
coz women are just as guilty as men for disrespecting!

26 comments

  1. Yes… wondrous wonder women…
    Women

    After I had left the hem
    Without women
    I could not have survived, my time
    I would not have braved, the climb
    Ladies you are my rhyme
    My mothers of thyme

    Helping me roll away the stone
    Maintaining these old bones
    Repairing the bridges, I’ve burnt
    Reciting the messages, I’ve learnt
    Cheering from the sidelines
    Supporting these broken designs
    Women for rhymes
    Mothers for a lifetime

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  2. Happy Women Day to you Kate and your poem said the truth that every woman on this planet needs to hear and even men who do not know how to treat their women. There has to be love and respect from them and today Women have come to grow and be who they are in their own selves. Too good.

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  3. Hear! Hear! Kate – you have said it magnificently. Happy International Women’s Day to you. May we strong women combat inequality and negativity wherever we met it.

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  4. Well said, Kate. It’s not just about me it’s about US all.

    I asked my friends who talk too much about women’s right and empowerment, if they have at least given a day off (with salary) to their home maid. It says a lot the way we behave.

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  5. Powerful, Kate! Indeed, the subject’s been on the mind lately. Since before you published this timely reminder, in fact.

    Just got back from my mother’s house, where she’s recovering from a cold. Various tasks , such as dishes, laundry and cooking, needed attention, and got it. Errands sought, and found, completion.

    These efforts are a paltry return for a lifetime’s care, but they’re a start, at least. More to come…

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  6. Here’s some light at the end of the the tunnel. Women’s clout will make a huge difference in the 2020 U.S. election. How about Australia?

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    • we haven’t made an impact yet … when we do get women elected the boys club delegate them to the back bench … our first female PM was subjected to massive harassment, the boys couldn’t cope 😦

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