Women at War

Apathy is no more; it’s time to fight,
The rights women have should not go awry,
Rage, rage against the taking of our rights.

Foremothers fought from first dawn until night,
Because no one would listen to their cry –
Apathy is no more; it’s time to fight.

Grandmothers carried a beacon of light,
The females before them died to stand by,
Rage, rage against the taking of our rights.

Mothers sung songs of sovereignty in sight,
Mute hearts listened and songs started to die,
Apathy is no more; it’s time to fight.

Women across time have tried to unite,
But their arms reached out to find no reply,
Rage, rage against the taking of our rights.

And you, my sisters, watching our plight,
Freedom and death are things we cannot deny,
Apathy is no more; it’s time to fight,
Rage, rage against the taking of our rights.

About the poem: the form is called a villanelle. The style originates in France in the 1600’s and gained popularity in England (written in English) in the late 19th century. One of the most famous practitioners of the form is Dylan Thomas in his poem “Do Not Go Gently Into That Good Night” published in 1951.

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