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pointing at blackboard

Can you hear me?
I have a vision:
personal choice.
I want to go to school.
I will be a leader.

Don’t make noise.
You’re a girl,
can’t go to school!
Leave your choice.

But it’s my great ambition.

No. It’s my position.

No. My heart is smashed.

I sweat all day
to earn money.

It’s my vision.

It’s fiction.

I want to study!
There’s no future without education.
Please. Don’t bind my hands.

Must I use my money to make your future?

I don’t want your money—
just my rights.

Today, you go to school.
Tomorrow, you’ll want to ride a bicycle.
That’s what I don’t like.

Look, we’re all humans
all of us, part of society.
Change your thoughts.
Let’s work together.

We don’t need to change.
I am the champion,
stronger than a mountain.
What are you?

I am a woman.
My goals are stronger than mountains.
I can change colors,
break down walls,
cross borders, make countries.

My vision is beyond your mind.

By Nelab

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Comments

  1. Jo Nelson says:

    Yes! Your vision, shared like this, will eventually change minds.

  2. Brava, Nelab. You are capturing a dialogue that is being spoken, fought, all over the world. Keep talking, keep thinking, keep visualizing–your beautiful mind and powerful words can prevail.

    I especially appreciated this:

    I am a woman.
    My goals are stronger than mountains.
    I can change colors,
    break down walls,
    cross borders, make countries.
    My vision is beyond your mind.

    Again, brava.

    Stacy

  3. Keneatha Perteet says:

    I love this poem. I respect the heroism of this poet, it takes bravery to express a desire for change. This poem expressed a sense of inspiration and determination. Being an African American woman living in America, I understand the importance of education. Here in my country, such things as education are so easily taken for granted. I will pray that one day the women in your country shall prevail in their fight for education. Continue to speak and write about the things in which you believe, one day your voices will be heard and actions shall be taken in accordance to your desire.

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