Voices of girls

Emotional Australian girls
With strong voices
That are painfully true
And real, oh yes,
Real Australian voices
Fighting for the right
To be free from voices
Of patriarchy – men’s and women’s
Voices telling girls
Who to be
How to stand
When to speak
These girls have stopped asking
How it came to be
They just know it is
And they don’t like it anymore
It’s time for change
As able as any sunburnt son of Australia

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5 thoughts on “Voices of girls

  1. This is a really, really powerful poem that touched and moved me deeply as a woman and a feminist. I liked your repeated use of ‘voices’ to show the contrast between the girls and the people telling them what to do etc, but also to show what they have in common; the power of those voices. Brilliant work 🙂

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