Because I am Still a Girl

Because I am still
And always will
Be a girl in my heart and soul
I celebrate freedom
To be me
To be free
To be strong
To be right
And sometimes
To be wrong
To learn
To understand
To reach out my hand
And make a stand
For other girls
In this world
Who face abuse and discrimination
Are denied their rights to education
Justice, equality and protection
And the right to make their own decisions –
Just because they’re girls.

© Kim M. Russell, 2016


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My response to dVerse Poets Pub Poetics, hosted this week by Walt, who has been looking for something to celebrate. So the task at hand is to write a poem of celebration. It can be about a specific event that our customs or countries deem fit to fete! It could be the act of celebrating something or someone. Or it could just mention the word celebration in the body of the poem. Either way, we are celebrating the day!

In looking for something to celebrate, Walt perused a calendar of International Holiday / Celebration days for this week and shared some of them with us. I chose the International Day of the Girl, which is celebrated today and supports opportunities for girls and increases awareness of gender inequality faced by girls worldwide. 

I’m posting this early as I have an old friend over from France and we’re going out for a meal – I’ll link up later.

38 thoughts on “Because I am Still a Girl

  1. Yes, Amen to that! Wish I had been able to learn these lessons earlier…much earlier. But I didn’t and spent my life trying to figure it out. Sometimes it’s hard to say this…only when the biggest obstacle in your life to this learning….has died…can you start to learn. Good Poem!

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    1. Thanks for reading and commenting, Jane. I have been so upset about articles I’ve read recently about the way young girls are treated by men – and it’s not just in other countries, a lot of the time it’s right under our noses.


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