He never saw her / A hidden figure
though there she was / in plain sight
his property, to do his bidding / a body, with a brain though
she smiled meekly, got his coffee before he asked / she could outthink him any day
he glared when she dared to speak or dream / she wanted to learn all she could
he told her to sit down and be quiet / so she persisted
he put his hands up her skirt and laughed / and she tried to resist
he beat her / she fought back when she could
he told her he was in charge / she tried to change the system
men were always at the top / she educated her daughters and her sons
the world depended on it / they had to be bold for change
A cleave poem for International Women’s Day 2017. The theme for 2017 is “be bold for change.” A cleave poem is three poems in one–left side, right side, and the full lines.
Today’s Google Doodle was a slide show featuring women of diverse backgrounds.