What Am I If Not a Woman?

He said, ‘If you prick us, do we not bleed?’
Shakespeare wrote of Jews, but read for I plead:

What am I if not human? If not flesh?
I am soft sensual curves; a fine wine.
Curves meant for touching, curves meant for sipping.
Body, a rich dessert for one to dine.

What am I if not nature? Mother’s friend?
I am the wind, brushing against skin fair.
Nature blows, I release a hard slow breath.
Open legs; a babe screaming for new air.

What am I if not the Earth? Free-fly dirt?
I am drifting, the desert tumbleweed.
Boundaries invaded by foreigners,
The soul; a barren wasteland left to bleed.

What am I if not a black hole? Darkness?
I am a comet, burning in the sky.
I do not match the stars beauty standards.
I fall; and burning through the stars I die.

What am I if not woman? A symbol.
I am a body for lust, rape, control.
I am a breeder and a pretty face.
I am the other sex, the broken soul.

Woman Disappearing: Emily Motto

Painting by Emily Motto

A woman. ‘If you prick us, do we not bleed?’
We will rise, we will shine, we will succeed.


Other great responses to the daily prompt:
The Jittery Goat: Taking a Dream to a Creative Work. I get inspired by my dreams pretty frequently, and lose them in wakefulness. Sigh.

My Pajama Days: First Light Kisses are the best kind of kisses. Here’s to hoping that his kisses made your finger all better!

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32 Responses to What Am I If Not a Woman?

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  2. I am also a feminist, but I feel uneasy saying so these days, as the word is so misunderstood. It all went wrong somewhere back-along. I find you really fascinating, and I believe you have a secret hidden within these pages.

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  3. Andy Townend says:

    This is beautiful. I may not be a woman but having read what you have written I feel I am, or should be, a feminist. Bravo.


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  5. mahmoodsadaat says:

    In a time when so many people want to disassosiate themselves from feminism, it’s great to see you embrace it, and what scintillating rhythm too 🙂


  6. Anisha says:

    Beautifully worded… 😊


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  9. Amazing work, really inspirational poem.


  10. This is so deep and touching. I see beauty and pain in it.

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  11. A woman. ‘If you prick us, do we not bleed?’
    We will rise, we will shine, we will succeed.

    Loved these lines. Surely we will. You already are shining dear !!!



  13. todayslimit says:

    This is the most inspiring thing I have read today. Simply beautiful.


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  15. sangieverse says:

    I can not tell you how lovely this piece is and just how beautifully you have managed to present it. I totally and wholeheartedly stand by the entire idea of it. Great job!


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  17. Lady Jay says:

    “A woman. ‘If you prick us, do we not bleed?’
    We will rise, we will shine, we will succeed.” Amazing prose and reflection! By the way, thanks for all of the support!


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  20. Great to meet you, found you as a nominee for of the Blogger Recognition award. So glad as now I can also follow you.


    • femvestige says:

      I did not realize I was a nominee for the Blogger Recognition award. Do you know who did the nomination?

      Thank you for taking the time to read my work! It’s always wonderful to meet other bloggers through a shared passion of writing 🙂

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      • Hi my dear – sorry I am unable to track this one. In future I will add who nominated you. Sorry about that. Happy blogging and hope you took a moment to check out what we have to offer and follow us as well.


  21. Hajar says:

    Oh my, this is great !


  22. A wonderful and powerful poem. made me think at 10:34 pm on February 15, 2017 because of what we need to deal with in society today.


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  24. lakmi says:

    I do believe this is one of my all time favourites


  25. Padmasandhya says:

    There is a clear distinction between feminism and feminazism. And you brought that out beautifully!
    There is power in your words and how you string them. Excellent work! Keep winning!


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