A Poem in honor of Dr. Maya Angelou

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Angelou, date unknown. Photograph by Chester Higgins Jr./Getty

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Poem in honor or Dr. Maya Angelou

“And in response to all the violence against women”

And God said,

Here is a companion for you.
Made from your flesh
from your bones.”
And, as a good steward
of this most precious gift;
a seed worthy of planting,
worthy of enamored gentle care
you called us “less than”,
a possession to be used.

When we offered you knowledge,
we let you taste the fruits
you became greedy.
With your gained “wisdom”
you taught yourselves the art of language,
the written word.
And with that word you shackled us,
rape us,
you stoned us.

But our Will is not broken
for our daughters
and our granddaughter’s daughters.
We stand for the lives
untouched by your domineering hands.

We have sought a new knowledge
one with freedom and strength.
We will rewrite the Word.
My sisters will not know the lashes
of the dog’s leash,
the nape has been chewed
as we escape your jowls
bloodied and skin exposed
we stand.
Justice is coming
and you will feel
the shame of your sins.
The god you created to validate
this “holy” bondage will burn in the shadows of that justice…
-Ruth Marburger

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About Dianne Gardner

With a passion for wholesome and entertaining stories, Dianne Lynn Gardner dives into fantasy novels both adult and young adult. She is both a best selling author and an award winning illustrator who lives in the Pacific Northwest, USA. Mother of seven and grandmother of 16, Dianne wants to make sure that books which ignite imaginations, strengthen friendships, spur courage and applaud honor are available to every reader in the world.
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