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

FREEDOM

Into the heavens

Raising unsung heroes

From history’s sullen shadows.

What is a Woman?

Intuitive Connecter

Emotional Protector

Fearless Provider

Warrior Queen.

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.

They know

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.

This piece is part of Breakthrough’s program By & For; An initiative to amplify the lived experiences of creative girls and gender non-conforming youth of color in authentic, nuanced, and respectful ways, and provide them with platforms to share their own creative work, on their own terms. Breakthrough is dedicated to compensating all contributors for their artistry. Support By & For here.

3 Comments

  1. Thuan on March 8, 2021 at 9:51 pm

    Great poem! We need more women in today’s society more than ever! I shutter at the thought of a men-only leadership! I owe my mom for my education, emotional well-being, humanism and values.

  2. Angela Benson on March 8, 2021 at 11:09 pm

    What a powerful voice and visionary!! Thank you for sharing your pearls of wisdom.

  3. Kecia on March 9, 2021 at 9:39 pm

    Beautiful!

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