This is a poem written by Alan Ardy, for the Millenium issue of AWARE, who has kindly allowed us to republish this. Alan has a upcoming poetry book, Champagne & Handcuffs.
How will she feel at the end of the year?
Rejoicing and free or shedding a tear?
At the slowness of change and imposed tradition
That’s holding her back from her rightful position
As an equal member of so-called ‘mankind’
Revered for her body but also her mind
A social restriction which that restricts her and binds
Caused by male ego and the narrowest minds
A human rights abuse but does anyone care?
Or even consider that fact it’s so unfair
But she’s come a long way and it’s really quite far
Since the memorable time she first burnt her bra
And though it is true that most servants are maids
And breast cancer research is half that of AIDS
We should rightly applaud the females of our species
Who against every constraint and all of the leashes
Has clearly refused to keep her mind in a fetter
And demolished the myth that males are better
A malicious falsehood since the earliest of times
And she is also responsible for fewer sex crimes
So how will she feel at the end of the era?
And will her rightful place be anywhere nearer?
Because while many females are better than equal
There are numerous others who fear just a sequel
Another millenium of male domination
With more sexist prejudice and discrimination
And what about God with his presumptuous title of ‘He’?
Given the nature of karam, couldn’t he be a she?
Or would that offend male values to their very core?
A trans-sexual deity that could be either/or?
So remember her sisters as she attains success
Or while she’s aiming with confidence for nothing else
Than achieving the highest levels of human endeavour
And realising her dreams which for many girls may never
Ever be possible unless love for her mystery
Allows a destiny where more women make history