A Poem by Mensimah Shabazz

Some years ago, I wrote the poem below titled "Tompala," and it pains me to think that, a decade plus later, women are still experiencing different levels of trauma through wars, sexual violence, domestic violence, and children’s hunger in this world. It also seems that when we speak out, our voices get muffled by the masculine shout to be quiet, to know our place, and just plain get over it.What I find most painful about all of this is that there are some women who idealize how men would prefer women to address or deal with these issues, and they [...]