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Standing tall

A little girl can stand so tall 
Stand to play with her favourite ball 
The laughs and jeers of passers by 
As she stings like a bee, floats like a butterfly 

Darling, don’t you think you’re out your depth? 
This fixation of yours, it makes no sense 
The other girls are playing with dolls 
But you insist on kicking balls? 

Still she grinds, she works, she kicks 
Degrading comments in the mix 
Dragging her down with “You’ll never be paid” 
“You’ll never have audience watching your stage” 

Nevertheless, she’s alive and kicking 
Soon it wont just be boys their picking 
To lead the teams, inspire nations 
She’s one of millions, laying foundations 

In France she leads her country with pride 
So the next little girl doesn’t have to hide 
So a little girl can stand so tall 
Stand to play with her favourite ball 


Standing Tall, 
16/6/19, 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup Poetry Contest

Copyright © Rachel Thomson | Year Posted 2019


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Date: 7/13/2019 12:14:00 AM

Bravo, Rachel. I love your poem - shows passion. Congrats on your well deserved win.
Date: 7/12/2019 3:38:00 PM

Rachel, a brilliant rhyme that highlights the challenges faced by women of all ages and their grit and determination that inspires "the next little girl" to shine. Congratulations on your win in my contest! ~Mark