Persisterhood (a poem)

**originally written and published on 2/8/17

I’ve been called persistent
like it should make me feel
ashamed,
like stubborn is a sin
and pride, an ugly name.

I’ve been told that
I’m a bleeding heart
and my blood
makes me unclean.

And that because
I am a woman
I should be silent
and unseen.

But I know what they’re afraid of,
and I know that they are wrong
because persistence, heart,
and stubborn pride
are all what make me strong.

And they link me to a
Sisterhood who cries and fights
and stands
and refuses to be silenced
by some frightened man’s demands.

So you can try to keep us quiet
and you can try to keep us down,
but you will feel the force
of womanness
refusing to be bound.

And you can try to conquer us
with laws, or might,
or fist,
but you’ll learn what we already know, that
always, we persist.

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2 thoughts on “Persisterhood (a poem)

  1. Layton, I love this. It’s done in a very traditional style–fairly strong meter and rhyme–but it’s content is anything but traditional. I can hear your voice in every line. Nicely done. Thanks.

  2. Pingback: Nevertheless, She Persisted | Glass Overflowing

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