Woman, Here’s To You!

Nigerian

“Here’s to strong women. May we know them. May we be them. May we raise them”
-Anonymous

Here’s to that strong woman that pushes a 3kg baby through a pinpoint hole…and the woman that is cut in two because she can’t.
Here’s to that strong woman that fries and freezes her hair …and the one that wears high heeled shoes just to look beautiful.
Here’s to that strong woman that runs a marathon to keep the weight off…and the one that eats till she’s bloated to beef up.
Here’s to that strong woman that forces a smile so as not to appear dour…and the one that feigns interest when her mind is really worrying.
Here’s to that strong woman that is unloved by her lover…and to the one that was abandoned at the altar.
Here’s to that strong woman that birthed an imbecile…and the one with the deaf child.
Here’s to that strong woman who is avoided by her children…and the one that is unloved by same.
Here’s to that strong woman whose tribal marks are readily noticed…and the one whose stretch marks are awfully shameful.
Here’s to that strong woman whose dark skin is more of a curse…and the one whose chest is embarrassingly flat.
Here’s to that strong woman who wriggles in ovarian pain every month…and the one who can’t have children.
Here’s to that strong woman with the unfaithful husband…and the one untouched by her lover.

Here’s to that strong woman who sacrifices her comfort for her children…and the one that gives up her meal for their luxury.
Here’s to that strong woman that has no friends…and the one that goes to the cinema alone.

 
Here’s to that strong woman in a battle with unrelenting cancer…and the one with a hair-loosing illness.
Here’s to that strong woman that wins the bread…and the one that pays the rent.
Here’s to that strong woman that feeds the poor from her own poor resources…and the one that prays for people who never know.
Here’s to that strong woman that buried her child…and the one that has no child to bury her.
Here’s to that strong woman who pays her own bills…and the one that shuns advances from very handsome married men.
Here’s to that strong woman that does menial jobs when she’s worth more…and the one that chooses to clean rather than steal.
Here’s to that strong woman that misses her late husband…and the one that wishes she had one.
Here’s to that strong woman that was raped while innocent…and the one that retains her sanity despite.
Here’s to that strong woman, married to the man she doesn’t love, because ‘time was ticking’ and Mr. Right was not in sight.
Here’s to you, here’s to her, and here’s to us!

 

2 thoughts on “Woman, Here’s To You!

  1. Wow! Beautiful piece! Beautiful piece. Keep it up *thumbs up*

  2. Bravo sister! More grease! Here’s to us. Cheers!

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