The problem with being a woman
is that you’re limited for choice:
succumb to patriarchal conditioning
or start to raise your voice.
Now, the world wants to keep women down –
so if you succumb, you lose out.
But if you decide to reach for your wants
you really have to shout.
People will want you to vanish;
to shut up, be quiet, go away.
And you’ll have to dig in your heels –
when they tell you to leave, you stay.
They might call you a bitch, a brat, a pain –
let it drift like a passing cloud.
And continue to reach for all that you want;
to be big and bold and LOUD.