Imprisoned without shackles-

Imprisoned without shackles-

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They say,
If you’ve been a bride’s maid,
For five times or more,
It’s time to quit weddings,
Till your Prince Charming comes.

They say,
If you’ve been a wife,
For ten years with no son,
Bundle your things for,
A new woman to come.

They say,
If your husband’s riches,
lesson after you arrive;
Then oh wife you have black feet,
And must leave his house.

They say,
If your child is smart,
Well, his dad is to be praised,
If the child turns out faulty,
‘Course, you are to blame.

They say,
A housewife you must be,
With no wealth of your own,
And if your husband passes,
They take away your home.

They make living hard,
Making rules without regard;
Leaving women imprisoned,
Without shackles to leave marks.

The image is courtesy of Black women art.com

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52 thoughts on “Imprisoned without shackles-

  1. It is just how ridiculous the man gets all the praise when the children and wife does something approving, however the woman gets all the scorn when thise close to her disappoints. It will never make sense to me.

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  2. This poem stabbed me in the heart Ameena, but in a good way (if that’s even possible). This poem is poignant and sad, but the truth always hurts. You’ve taken a difficult subject and made it beautiful, even in the painful areas. It is a small light on the horizon that times are slowly progressing and women are finally getting the recognition and respect they deserve.

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  3. A sad reality. Maybe one day things will change for the better. When a young demure woman has been a victim of such circumstances…once she grow older, she takes it out on other women…

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  4. This is a very powerful poem and so well written! It just doesn’t seem real that it can be happening in this day and time, but the sad reality is…it is happening. So much revealed in so few words.

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