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Best Poetry in World 2015 - WILDsound

A Kinda Life  is a
Denise Stephani poem that is part of WILDsound's best of poetry from all over the world in 2015. Denise talks about the poem and her poetry here. Professional actress Val Cole reads A Kinda Life:



A Kinda Life by Denise Stephani
was written for Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head and left for dead, and all the women and girls in the Gender War. Malala was the joint winner of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize, and known especially for being an activist for the right of females to education.

A Kinda Life by Denise Stephani was also featured in 'Women Writers of 2014' by United Press.

A Kinda Life

For Malala who was shot in the head and left for dead & all the women and girls in the Gender War

Has life been kind to you?  He said

As her heart stopped and bled

She sighed and shook her head

If I could’ve I would’ve fled

 

Life sucks for us ducks

What is bad for the goose is good for the gander

Life is angled for the power of the boys’ den

It is hard to be the shoved out hen

 

If Sallys had equal money

Blokes would lose the power to control the honey

If Janes could have equal learning

Guys would feel their egos burning

 

For thousands of years they have kept us down

And they have snatched and held the gender crown

Marys have smiled behind a tear and frown

But now us Jennies must turn it all upside-down

 

Has life been kind to you?  He queried

You look so tired and wearied

No, she stuttered

To see it you must be kind

Most Johns push our struggles from their mind.

When we talk of rape

They say ‘Peel a grape’

When we say that we’ve been battered

They say: To listen would leave me shattered

Man-made Sheila pain

Is silenced for their gain

 

Has life been kind to you?

SHE said,

I wish I could lie inside your bed

And have your life instead

Not be the prey who is left for dead

 

Life sucks for us ducks

What is bad for the goose is good for the gander

Life is angled for the power of the boys’ den

It is hard to be the shoved out hen

 

For thousands of years they have kept us down

And they have snatched and held the gender crown

Marys have smiled behind a tear and frown

But now we Jennies must turn it all upside-down

 

Has life been kind to you?  He asked

Has life been kind?


Malala at Girl Summit 2014 via Wikipedia

Also see:

United Press
Poets of the Year 2016

United Press Top Ten Writers 2015

United Press Women Writers of 2014



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