Headliner by Asma, Sudan

They won’t give me a platform to speak on Females don’t headline nor sell out halls I’m a woman Giving me an audience to share my views with would be a mistake I’d address issues of race, violence and challenge the perception of gender roles I’d tell stories unheard and unspoken Of how I dared to go off side How I escaped the kitchen And travelled far and wide How my vision never ends Eyes that have been exposed to darkness and light How my soul has been ignited by human beings of every kind How books have expanded my imagination And gave life to my life Still They won’t give me a platform to speak on Because I’m a woman With a voice Thus Not woman enough Art, poetry, sport and the dreams I speak of are to be taken lightly “Consider them hobbies” “You know” “Because raising children is all that’s right”

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