Of Women

i am of women

strong

and

true.

mothers,

grandmothers,

aunts,

sisters,

cousins

and friends.

mentors of high quality;

wise women,

workers

and seers.

my path was cleared

by the brave

who threw off

disappointment 

and pushed through…

my teeth were cut

around kitchen tables

and sitting rooms

where one could look,

listen,

and learn.

my herstory 

is full of stories

that made hardship

look easy:

lost loves never spoken of,

migration,

children,

hard work

and purpose.

i am of women

whose beginnings

we’re meager

but whose spirit

is substantial.

women who saw beauty

in themselves,

who wore hats

suits,

pants

and floral dresses;

who shaped their eyebrows

and curled their hair.

women who learned

and taught

and rarely showed

their tears.

i am

of women

who lived and died

strong 

and true;

who produced daughters

and sons

to live 

with benevolent legacy

integrity,

dignity,

and pride.
Linda Tauhid

©8/16/17

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