Brave Womanhood

Flowers, red juice in a glass, magazine with women, and handwritten note.

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I grew up in a matriarchal house, where women worked as hard as any other man, so as to pay the rent and all the rest, all the while rearing their children all alone. So, for this International Women’s Day, I would like to thank my mother, my deceased grandmother, and as well as all my aunts, for they have shown me what real bravery is. 

Happy Women’s Day

Brave Womanhood (free verse poem)

My grandmother, she used to tell me
The story of her sister         
Whose roots now sprout under another sun
Amongst some blood that tastes
Of ancient magic and creatures long lost

She took a boat

And went on faraway seas
Never to look back again

She, whose dark skin

Never appeared as a brake
To her determination
She, whose thick hair
Never made her look less beautiful
And she, whose other attributes
Never stopped her mind  
From wandering daringly

She was fierce as a lioness

Studying till the late night hours
Under lights of kerosene lamps
Which stuffed her nostrils of black soot

And what a story for me to hang on to

In times when I’m too weak
In times where I am so fragile
That my bones don’t fit my own skin
In times where I despise my femininity
And envy men for their wings
In times where my feminine outfits
Are prisons too tight for me to breathe

And within my dreams 

It’s clear to see that
I am woman under an alien sky
With no spaceship to return to venus.   


Published by Eiravel

Hello everyone, and welcome to my personal blog. This is a self-taught adventure in creative writing, craft that I am passionate about; learning writing and all the stuff that concerns this industry while surfing on the waves of the internet, and I aspire to make a living through selling my own books and blogging, because why not. I live on the island of Mauritius with my husband, my two children, and my muse. I am an eclectic person, love the sublime and the strange; I am also interested in all types and forms of art that please my mind.

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