The second installment of the Powerful Poetry series was written by the wonderful poet Abyssinia Pla El and highlights feminism, identifying as a woman, and generational differences.
The accompanying illustration “Let It” was drawn by her sister Tiphareth Pla El.
You’ll get over this feminism stage,
is what my mother tells me. Though,
I’ll always be a woman.
Like she is. and my hands
will remain creased with wrinkles.
Like I used to scrub our laundry
on a metal & wood washing board. and my hips
will stay small hills glued to my thighs.
As if I’ve birthed four children.
My tongue will continue to be this
sharp. As though I’ve lived 50 years
honing this wit.
I’m a woman. So is she.
but no one told her that was significant.
About the Author: Abyssinia Pla El was born in New York to American parents. Get your daily poetry fix by following her on Instagram.