By  Sonia

I burn
With anger
With hopelessness
With conviction

My heart
Struggling to beat
Fighting back

I am unbreakable
With scars
Leaking blood
I rise 

You pushed me down
To the darkness 
To the ground

You stood on my neck
Squeezed away my hope
My confidence
My safety

You laughed at me
Laughed at my reason
My hope
My belief

You thought of ways to hurt me
Take away all that was important
You twisted words and other’s hearts

You took your joy from my pain
But your weakness is my strength
You bore into me
But you did not
And can never
Bore deep enough

I am made from the fires of the earths core
From the light of a trillion suns
My fury blows like the strongest hurricane
My purpose is deeper and stronger than all the oceans
I have mountains in my veins
And love are my rivers

I am Earth mother
Father sun
I will not bend

I will protect myselfMy childrenMy rightsMy truthWith the strength of a million women

You will never stand against meYou will never win

You will fade away into nothingnessEven your memory will be just a boulder I learned to climb 

I rise not only with strengthBut with love

The stain of your smallness can never make me smallThe stench of your limited self won’t stop me from absorbing beauty 

I am unbreakableI will not cowerI will not sink into despairI will not allow your darkness to dampen my light

I have roots as deep as the oldest treeWisdom as old as the earthI am motherI will not bend. 

My anger is something you must bareFor my voice will not be silencedBut I leave it with you

I choose love

When there was no one to love meI chose to love myselfWhen I myself could find nothing to loveI clung to belief

I roseI keep risingI stand facing a rising sun

The path I have walked is behind meFaded into shadows I need not walk again

I walk with the comfort of a burning sunI walk with the strength of a thousand rootsI walk with the joy of the wind and rain laughing as they dance around me

I am motherI am womanI will not bend