Please Do Not Call Me Strong

Please do not call me strong…

I don’t want people to ignore my pain

I don’t want to be afraid to talk about my pain

I don’t want to shy away from all that is going wrong

I don’t want to force myself to be strong

Please do not call me strong…

Because you are glorifying my suffering

You blind me to the shortcomings of the system

Your words and actions leave me wondering

You make me think the system cares for me

Please do not call me strong…

My mother and grandmother probably liked being called strong

You made them think it was a good thing

But I don’t want to be called strong

You use it as a weapon to make me keep me quiet about things

Please do not call me strong…

I need to find the words to describe my pain

I need to find my voice

I need to understand my loss and gain

I need to understand my choice

Please do not call me strong…

Mr. Government Man won’t provide me with shelter

Mr. Tax Man will take away even more of my meagre earnings

Mr. Postman won’t deliver my love letter

Mr. Education Man will take away my children’s access to learning

SO PLEASE. I BEG YOU. DO NOT CALL ME STRONG…

Published by I-Blog-ka-Buhle

I speak my own truth. Indaba yam' i straight. Ayifun' i ruler

5 thoughts on “Please Do Not Call Me Strong

  1. Reblogged this on Ankara & Lattes and commented:
    Please do not call me strong…
    My mother and grandmother probably liked being called strong

    You made them think it was a good thing

    But I don’t want to be called strong

    You use it as a weapon to make me keep me quiet about things.

    I felt this! I really did

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Am awestruck with how you poignantly put your feelings into black and white to such an extent that I feel the emotions flowing through you. The pain and angst is real as you seek, not for your pain to be glorified under the guise of fortitude. You attest at being an emotional being, with normal everyday struggles. I love your writing!

    Liked by 1 person

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