In all nations brave women and girls,
through the ages have shown courage
during battles and long wars. They have fed the warriors,
carried messages, fought off the enemy, suffered rape, disfigurement,
and healed the wounds of others.
As the world progresses in time
as we inch toward respect;
understanding cultures and ways of countries different,
the feminine teach, nurture, carry the burden and the waving banner
toward freedom of education.
Timid maiden, traditional matron
carry on the fight for their rights
of speech, of choice, of life productive, of developing
their talents and gifts varied from the masculine in their families,
special in their own footsteps.
Malala, leader of your time,
of your place, may you continue
without violence against you. Know you are a leader,
an international symbol admired by many for your determined beliefs;
willing to stand up for them.
© Arlene S. Bice, 2012