Poetry/Short Stories

African woman


Soft is not my middle name

But I know to respect traditions

Of my ancestors.

Being on my knees for the elders

Is my tradition not weakness.

I will not look you in the eye

If you wish to speak to me

And that is respect not disrespect

As you suspect.

I am prideful


And confident

Imitating the women of my life;

Mama, aunt and grandma


I am Africa’s daughter

A woman

Papa’s morning sun

Hibiscus flower

Of African soil

Not goods for trade;

Dare not place a price tag on me

In exchange for my hand in Marriage


Once I am married,

Pressure me not to bare

A “village” for the clan


I am only human

Just like u

Only blessed to be

An African woman.

~Susan McMillan

For many African women who still suffer under the pressure of tradition.

27 thoughts on “African woman

  1. Bless you, darling. You remind me of Maya Angelou… only quieter and small. Yet, thereโ€™s great power in your small voice…your quiet fierceness. Your roots are deep. You will stand long and tall. Iโ€™m proud to know you.

    1. Thank you Miss Kitsy for your kindness over and over. It’s humbling to hear my name next to Miss Maya’s even though I know her voice was much stronger than I can ever have. Her strength to speak up has always been an inspiration to me and I am thankful. I am thankful to know women like you that encourage me to stand tall. Thank you again and again.๐ŸŒน

    1. Eye contact is one of the many aspects I have had to adjust to here in the States. I was raised to never look straight in someone’s eyes yet the opposite is true here and now I teach and ask our little ones to look me in the eye when I am talking to them. I think though, it’s important to learn different cultures and why people behave how they behave. I hope you are having a good weekend Miss Elizabeth. ๐Ÿ’

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