Poem Kai Adia
Women have the audacity to birth new worlds
With passion and honey on their tongues.
This world would not move without women,
They hold up half the sky.
Reaching with their arms, they shout
Into the heavens
Raising unsung heroes
From history’s sullen shadows.
What is a Woman?
Give her flowers, today.
Say her name.
Harriet, Ida, Marsha, Dolores, Toni,
The Many Sisters
Who hold us in their unflinching grasp
Steadying our shoulders when we tremble
Guiding our steps when we trip on unpaved roads.
What lies ahead is ours to create.
Women’s work is expected, needed
And will no longer be undervalued.
Give her flowers. Today!
The flower of your love, appreciation,
Dedication, and mindfulness.
Listen as she drips sweet honey.
She will grant you her visions,
Lend you her courage,
And always stand by your side.
You can learn more about Kai Adia and see more of her work on her website, kaiadia.com.
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