Hers For the Taking: A Poem about Female Empowerment

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Quote on Graffiti-Covered Wall: "The Future is Female"

A newborn baby smiles
Gazing at her mother
With playful eyes
So innocent
So young
The world is hers for the taking

A little girl laughs
Alone in a silent playground
Her eyes closed
Pigtails whipping through the wind
Without a care
The world is hers for the taking

A young lady cries
Tiptoeing to the edge of the cliff
She has a choice
Irreversible
But she won't because
The world is hers for the taking

A middle-aged woman reads
To a classroom of eager faces
Staring expectantly at her
She prepares to share with
Each and every one
The ultimate power
Knowledge
The world is hers for the taking

A grandmother speaks
Telling her story
To all who wish to hear
She has lived many lives
And in each one she has known
The world is hers for the taking

All these women
Their power
Their ideas
Their stories

The world
Tries to reduce them
To less than their worth
But fails
Because the world
Has always been
And will always be
Theirs for the taking

Poetry
United States of America