With tenacious ink,
we have retold half the story,
proud in our heels and army boots
and all our diverse glory.
But the chapters ahead...
they will take us to darker places
where women are still shame-wrapped, blame-slapped
or afraid to show their faces,
uneducated, callously mutilated
or obliterated by needless diseases still running rife...
because a condom’s the price
of a life.
And so, with feathers preened
and inkwells filled...
we write on.
18 Feb 2019
In honour of International Women’s Day
For March Contest
Sponsored by Carolyn Devonshire
Copyright © Nina Parmenter | Year Posted 2019