I Am the Woman – Mandy Kocsis-Troxell

I am the Woman Your Mother never thought of A Frankenstein monster Stitched together with trauma & tears Holding a Darkness; my greatest strength The one who’ll take the bullet And annihilate the shooter In one fell sweep I am the Woman Who bleeds in truthful ink Who found her voice After nights spent drowned…

I Am the Woman – Susan M. Conway

I am the woman your mother warned you about; because my feminism threatens her existence. I am the woman your mother warned you about; because she didn’t say YES to the invite, the open door, the unlocked gate. She stayed in the panic room of her fear, smashing the glass of her fire alarm psyche,…

I Am the Woman – Marie Prichard

I am the woman Your mother warned you about. The hushed voice Pretending everything was fine Telling me not to speak Removing the words from my throat Replacing them with self-hatred Creating the person I was becoming. I am the woman Your mother warned you about. The flash of fear When my heart would stop…

I Am the Woman – Kristiana Reed

I am the woman your mother warned you about; fire-breathing, Jolene auburn, cradled by the night and the ever waning moon melting like candle wax into my palms. I am the woman too many men have kept secret and hidden; I spent too long looking at love through the underside of a glass bottomed boat…

I Am the Woman – Kindra M. Austin

She is me— the woman your mother warned you about when your childish hands declared they were a man’s and left hers empty to grieve. I am the one who won’t love you through alcoholic bursts of abuse. I won’t chew on belittlement flavored bubblegum and just be happy you acknowledged me. I am not…

I Am the Woman – Sarah Doughty

Sometimes, I’ve seen the questions in your eyes. The ones that wonder what happened when the moon hung high in the night, illuminating the monster below. The ones that try to make sense of the way I managed to navigate through my adolescence with so much baggage dragging me down. The ones that ponder when…

I Am the Woman – Kim D. Bailey

I am the woman they tried to silence with expectations of perfect beauty questionable truths wrapped in family tradition bound in shame. I am the authentic legacy of cheaters, liars, abusers, addicts– of parental neglect, the parentified child, the blackest sheep. I am the breaker of hearts and silence chains and chance, watch as I…

I Am the Woman – Megha Sood

I’m the woman your mother warned you about with her unabashed truth her unfettered glance towards your banal lies who can topple you from your ivory tower with that crown riddled with a generation of lies I’m the woman your your mother warned you about with her gleaming face brighter than a thousand summer sun…

I Am the Woman – Rachael Ikins

I’m the child you locked in. Every afternoon and every Saturday morning. The child you said was fat, whose food you took away, who served you dessert but wasn’t allowed to lick the spoon. I was that too-blonde, too-good, girl who was too afraid to touch Down There. Using allowance on 10 candy bars at…

I Am the Woman – Ja’Net Conde

I am the woman your mother warned you about. I am the woman who unapologetically speaks her truth with unequivocal transparency and brutal honesty. I will disagree with you. I will fight you until I have won. Even if my face is covered in blood and bruised and swollen. I am the woman that will…