For IWD a group of women from Women’s Work Derby performed this poem

On 11 March, for International Women’s Day, a group of women from Women’s Work Derby performed the poem below. It is a collaborative piece put together during their WEA Moving from Surviving to Thriving Course.

In Honour of International Women’s Day 2017

From surviving to thriving there’s no denying
That I’m arriving at my goal on time.
The pain before destroyed me but now
minute by minute feels exciting
and special and releasing

I have weathered the storm
I have been at my worst
I have fought for myself
I have put myself first.

From surviving to thriving there’s no denying
That I’m arriving at my goal on time.
Coming a long way to get here now,
I’ve survived and proud now.

From back in the day all the stress and strife, fighting each day just to stay alive
From the torture, the beatings and all the pain
A future, a life, this I will gain. From nothing and nowhere the Strength will grow.
Finally, just can’t wait to be me and Let it show.

Rock bottom is where I was each day,
Surviving and thriving is where I will stay.
Strong, independent women all of us
Still learning from day to day
To learn to love ourselves in every way.

From surviving to thriving there’s no denying
That I’m arriving at my goal on time.
To dismantle the wall, the wall, the wall, to be me, I am a survivor and worthwhile.
I wish I could get rid of my pain and grieving about things and be at the front of the table and do the same things, to feel a part of.
I will learn to say NO to my kids
I love my kids while surviving and thriving there’s no denying
That I’m arriving at my goal on time.

I stand alone, my head above the shoulders of motherhood
Expected to conform. Why do I refuse to go along with society’s view of me!
Because I am worth more than just being a mother.
I am a woman who is worth respect as a human being, not just a being.
To separate myself from the pain, learning and building on my strengths along the way, always remembering

From surviving to thriving there’s no denying that I am arriving at my goal on time.
I want to be recognised as a woman,
Not a mother and a wife.
All my life
As far as I can remember I’ve shut up
And took it all in my strife.
But no more will I be this silent person
I will stand my ground.
For I have a voice and I will shout it loud.

From surviving to thriving there’s no denying
That I’m arriving at my goal on time.

© Empowered Women of Women’s Work 2017


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