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Girl Rising

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Girl Rising

I will not be held down
I rise from the pit of ignorance
No longer silent
I am stronger than you
I am what you fear
I will not be denied my education

Each day I will come to your door
Knocking till you answer
My time is now
You will not pass
I will be heard
I stand with my sisters
An immovable force
This is my time

You may shoot me
Place your foot upon my neck
Yet I will scream 
Call out for justice
I will not stop
My sisters will lift me up
I will spit in your face
My life is not yours to decide
Do not confuse my veil as a sign of my weakness
It represents your own
You are no longer my master

Open the school doors
Welcome in all the children
We will be your strength
In the end you will thank us
You will praise God for wisdom
You will gain strength 
The winds of change are good
If all are not free you live as a jailor

Brothers are coming to our rescue
Do not be found among the guilty
It is time for change
The time is now

Look up the Movie Trailor for "Girl Rising"  that is what inspired my poem.

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  1. Date: 1/13/2014 12:50:00 PM

    The condition of women in almost all the developing countries is not in good shape and condition. I too agree with you, that Education remains the best and the most effective way to remove the layers of darkness which surrounds 70 to 80% women in all such countries. In fact in some countries they are living under the tortures of men like slaves in most pitiable conditions. Your Poem definitely high lights these dark areas and suggest very effectively the great light of hopes the candle of education can spread. Excellent work my friend. Love and best wishes.....Ravindra K Kapoor

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux Date: 1/13/2014 1:04:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks Ravindra, I appreciate the time you took to read my poem.
  1. Date: 8/5/2013 8:57:00 AM

    RICHARD......RICHARD......RICHARD!!!!! I WON!!!!! THANK YOU....THANK YOU....THANK YOU! I....I'm speechless! I'm so so thrilled!!!! :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) Do you have any idea???? No...you don't! Thanks! Soup Mail!

    Ghali Avatar Eileen Ghali Date: 1/13/2014 1:12:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Awwwwwwwww......I still recall the thrill of the moment.....Winning in YOUR contest....and now this post when I'm so low.....Richard, your friendship is a precious sweet gift.....Thank you for being in my life.....
    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux Date: 1/13/2014 1:07:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I am reading this for the first time. The only reason you won is because you are talented , articulate and artistic.
  1. Date: 7/22/2013 5:58:00 AM

    If only i could write like you..I admire your skill sir, Well written facts..Yes, i also say education to all gender... Godwins.

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux Date: 7/22/2013 6:31:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    You are most kind. I appreciate your visit.
  1. Date: 7/19/2013 9:32:00 AM

    I wish wisdom to the oppressed and more wisdom to the oppressing. Whichever the genus may be. Congrats for your wins and nicely written poetry! G.

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux Date: 7/22/2013 6:32:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    A very good prayer Giorgio.
  1. Date: 7/6/2013 8:32:00 PM

    Well done, my friend I will stand with you... Jake

  1. Date: 7/6/2013 2:10:00 PM

    this is one cool poem, CONGRATS, love Skat

  1. Date: 7/6/2013 4:10:00 AM

    Interesting informative work..Congrats on your great win..Sara

  1. Date: 7/6/2013 1:32:00 AM

    Congratulations Richard: Write on.....SuZ

  1. Date: 7/5/2013 11:16:00 PM

    RICHARD.... congratulations... from:Linda

  1. Date: 6/27/2013 9:57:00 AM

    Oh, I indeed loved this!! Thanks so much for recommending it! It felt strong and powerful.A "Nothing can bring me down" attitude. I'm waiting for the movie too! Looks good. Great write!!

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux Date: 7/3/2013 4:41:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    It should be very good.
  1. Date: 6/27/2013 6:08:00 AM

    Powerful writing! I'll read "Boy Rising" next... Jack

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux Date: 6/27/2013 7:17:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks Jack, I appreciate you taking the time to read and comment.
  1. Date: 6/26/2013 11:02:00 AM

    Richard Have you read " Desert Flower" Waris Dirie autobiographical book ?. Waris Dirie became a famous model. She says this female circumcision takes place even in USA among the Somalians. (female genital mutilation(FGM). if you can get hold of the book, worth reading. But this is worse, fight for knowledge too. I must watch the movie. Thanks My dearest

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux Date: 6/26/2013 8:37:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Your welcome and thanks for adding your voice.
  1. Date: 6/25/2013 3:50:00 PM

    This is a nice poem about females ;},,,, thank you for liking my Pitch Perfect Dreams ;}

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux Date: 6/26/2013 6:25:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks Debbie
  1. Date: 6/25/2013 12:42:00 PM

    a GREAT poem here Richard!Enjoyed the read.Thanks for visiting my poem page.

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux Date: 6/26/2013 6:25:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    My pleasure Kash
  1. Date: 6/25/2013 7:59:00 AM

    Oh my goodness! Incredible poem. It embodies power. It made me want to stand up and cheer.

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux Date: 6/25/2013 8:19:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Aw thanks Monterey, your comment has put a smile on my face.
  1. Date: 6/25/2013 7:17:00 AM

    Fantastic. Such a necessary piece!!!! Fly. High.

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux Date: 6/25/2013 7:28:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks again drake
  1. Date: 6/25/2013 5:45:00 AM

    Richard this moved me a most masterful pen Shadow x smiles

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux Date: 6/25/2013 6:42:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks Shadow, so glad you read it.
  1. Date: 6/25/2013 2:23:00 AM

    Liberation for women! WOW! Not only n the area of education...there are so many misconceptions. Do you know that in some of the countries in the Middle East Female Genital Mutilation is still practiced? The reason behind it? Woman are not supposed to enjoy sex and so....the female version of circumcision is performed...except..the reason is only to calm the woman's sexual need for stimulation and pleasure. Sorry to bring it up...but women need liberation from a great many things!

    Ghali Avatar Eileen Ghali Date: 6/25/2013 7:02:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    :) Thank goodness, Richard.... :) Thank goodness. You know how I feel about your work.....
    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux Date: 6/25/2013 8:25:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I took no offence and did not consider your comment aggressive. I think all parts of the message need to get out. My comment back was merely part of the greater conversation. I like that you have something to add. That is one of the things I most appreciate about you.
    Ghali Avatar Eileen Ghali Date: 6/25/2013 6:48:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Oh dear....Richard...I did not mean that in an aggressive way AT ALL! This is a fantastic write...Of course...if women receive the education they need, they will be empowered to stop many of the practices that degrade them. I do applaud you...and this lovely write. Hope you have a great morning.
    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux Date: 6/25/2013 6:37:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Yes I am aware of this horrible practice. Still we must start somewhere. Education is not a bad place to start.
  1. Date: 6/25/2013 12:37:00 AM

    wow, I love how you did this. Just the other day I saw that 30 or 40 percent of women in the world are living with domestic abuse. it is so sad for me to think of this. I hope an uprising can occur. Boy is it needful!!!

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux Date: 6/25/2013 6:41:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Women are referred to as the weaker sex but when you consider what women have endured over centuries there can be no doubt they have great strength and resilience. Men who abuse women at the weaker ones.
  1. Date: 6/24/2013 8:34:00 PM

    When we grow up in North America we take things like education for granted. Thanks for your kind comment.

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux Date: 6/24/2013 8:49:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Oops I had meant to attach this comment too your message Karen. Look up *lol*
  1. Date: 6/24/2013 8:22:00 PM

    Richard, wow ... I can see why you were so inspired to write this. Your awareness will hopefully point many in a direction of taking action... this really rocks my senses :)

  1. Date: 6/24/2013 12:45:00 PM

    I've come back for another look, I saw the video and it was deeply moving, thanks for your kind visit my page, it is nice to be remembered, xxx

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux Date: 6/24/2013 8:11:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I am so glad you went and watched it, I didn't write another poem today because I wanted more people to read this one. I hope many people will go to watch the movie.
  1. Date: 6/24/2013 9:12:00 AM

    Oh my, this one is powerful! "I rise from the pit of ignorance" - I love that line. And that bit about the veil? That gave me shivers! To answer your question, I'm in Ottawa :)

    Ober Avatar Heather Ober Date: 6/25/2013 7:03:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I have never been to BC! I've been to all of the eastern provinces, but I would love to get out west at some point - and I want to see the territories too. I think there's a cross-country road trip in my future haha :)
    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux Date: 6/24/2013 8:12:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I am originally from a small northern town called Kirkland Lake. I now live in Kelowna British Columbia. I just love it out here in the west.
  1. Date: 6/24/2013 8:46:00 AM

    Richard, it matters not from where the inspiration comes.... When the battle nears, I want you on my side..... Great work.... Jake

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux Date: 6/24/2013 9:03:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks Jake, I will happily stand with you.
  1. Date: 6/23/2013 6:00:00 PM

    excellent write Richard xxx

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux Date: 6/23/2013 6:20:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks Rose, hugs Rick