Poetry Contest – First Place Equality and Vision

by Christy Birmingham

Self-respecting we stand,
Where once we did hunch over
With guilt, second-prize ribbons and a
Countertop lined with ingredients to cook.

We stand tall in the glow of securing the
Right to vote, as we step toward visions of
Our equality with the muscular forces –
Let’s see the vision soon without wearing glasses,
Even within home walls where cameras do not go.

There is still work to do, as we strive for
Equal pay and we are haunted by the
Memories of physical and emotional abuse,
From past years, last months and this morning.

There are bodies that choose to chain us down.

We speak up louder with each day that passes,
Striving to reach a volume that cracks windows of
Disregard. We do not pass on opportunities to
Honor and represent the women who
Have brought us to the path we travel today.

We thank these women, we step into their footprints, and
We stretch the size of their shoes a little more with
Each day that passes.
I hope that we honor them well.

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18 thoughts on “Poetry Contest – First Place Equality and Vision

  1. Reblogged this on Poetic Parfait and commented:
    *An update from the land of “blogging haitis”* I come with the exciting news of winning first place in the We Are All The Same Poetry Contest! If you have my book Versions of the Self or have been following this blog for a while now then you will likely recognize the poem “Equality and Vision.” If you haven’t read it before, I hope you will head over to Vanessa Souza D’Alessio’s site to check it out. I’m so pleased to have been chosen for first place!

    The We Are All The Same Project, which funded the contest, is doing wonderful things for feminism so please take a look around and subscribe to the site too. Thank you to everyone who supports poetry, women’s rights, and my writing efforts.

    ♥ Christy

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  2. This is a both powerful and beautiful and unsurprisingly has enjoyed victory. One day, fellow human beings we will all be treated the same. Here in the UK we have had a queen as head of state (for a year or two) and, not for the first time, a female Prime Minister and it shames them that more hasn’t been done to address the oldest inequality on the table (probably set by an overworked, under appreciated woman). Anyway, great poem, well done to the author. 🙂

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  3. Wow, so thrilled for you Christy. Amazing poetry. I would love to write more poetry and you’re inspiring me so much. I have a piece I’m working on at the moment… I wonder if you’d mind taking a look at it for me as I have no clue if it’s any good!

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  4. Congrats Christy. Visions of ‘equality with the muscular forces’ may or may not materialise. Nonetheless, given the relatively superior attributes in several other areas, feminine power is bound to eventually assert itself.

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  5. Nicely shared, Vanessa! 🙂
    I am proud of my Mom who turned 88 last November. Never expecting anything less than an equal partner, my Dad changed diapers, read books at bedtime and cooked Sunday breakfast. They marched for Civil Rights, leaving us at our aunt and uncle’s house in the country. Yay! Thank goodness,more men and women are matching and continuing a long journey where men won’t need to be taught how to help out.
    Congratulations, Christy! 🙂 Smiles, Robin xo

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