Inspirational Poem

My name is Ashanti and I am a teenage female from New York. I never really understood the whole "if you need to cry I have a shoulder for you to lean on" thing. So I took my poetry as a way to escape hell. These are reflections of me. And I would like to thank my Na'nah and my Mom for they are my strength.

A Womans Worth

© Ashanti Holliday
She gave life. She is a wife.
She is a mother and she is a friend.
She is a sister a survivor to the end.

Appreciate her, we don’t dare.
Ask her worries, we don’t care.
Wipe away her tears, they are invisible as air.

She works cooks and clean.
She laughs, helps comfort, and hides her pain.
When you struggle she pulls you through

All this is she and what do we do?
Complain and create a mess.
Provide stress and leave her feeling depressed..
Push her away and ignore her advice.
Tell her she is nothing without thinking twice.

She was raped tortured and abused.
Told she was nothing and would always be used just for pleasure forget her pain.

She swallows her pride, put her feelings aside.
Does as you need in order for you to be free.
Ignores your ignorance and tolerates your flaws.
You call her Bitch, Slut, Hoe and Tramp
She answers with pride dignity and a complete loss of self.
You call her nothing.
I call her Strong, Smart, Sensual, Caring, Giving, Surviving, Tolerant and powerful
I call her WOMAN!


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Published: Oct 2008

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  • It sounds like this woman has been living my life for the last three years. Thank you so much for sharing, and caring enough to publish.
    God bless you!

    Jodi Submitted Aug 2009
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  • OMG...I love this poem...It's exactly me...God Bless you!

    Darlene, California Submitted Sep 2010
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  • This poem touched me and reminded me of Maya Angelou work and it is like some of my poetry as well. It shows that a woman is worth so much more then people acknowledge her for and how she is taken for granted.
    I gone through it all and this was very uplifting!
    Beautiful and insightful. Might I add wonderfully written!

    Isabella M. Submitted Aug 2012
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  • I feel this poem has really touched my heart. It really depicts how much a woman is struggling for others and how self-less she is. This poem makes me proud to be a woman. And to the poetess, this is such a well-written poem.

    Dona, Kuwait Submitted Nov 2012
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  • Hi my name is Ashanti, and I am the author of this poem, I just wanted to leave a comment here with all my gratitude and appreciation for all the comments. They mean the world to me

    Ashanti, New York Submitted Nov 2012
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  • This is a very touching and deep poem. This remain me of some many others who have went through such pain. I love this because it relates to others and their struggles as well. It's empowering and self worth. Keep writing because someone will become empowered and encouraged by what we write and may go through. I write as well and in time God will use all of us through our words of empowerment. Be blessed and may God keep you!!!

    Zora, Florida Submitted Apr 2013
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  • This poem is a spiritual anthem of every women.

    Ilakkiya, Chennai Submitted 8/19/2013
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  • I feel this poem has really touched my heart. It really depicts how much a woman is struggling for others and how self-less she is. This poem makes me proud to be a woman. Kudos to the poetess, who has written this beautiful poem. I will be sharing it my friends

    Shruti Saxena, Jaipur India Submitted 2/25/2014
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  • Thanks Ashanti, I have taken your poetry for presenting on women's day. I wish I could create one like this.

    Saima, India Submitted 3/6/2014
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  • Madam,
    Your poem is really nice and heart touching. I saw in my surrounding everyone wants GF but nobody wants sister and mother. Respect women because she is someone's sister, mother, wife and daughter. Don't kill girl child. Let her live her live.....superb message from ur poem...
    hats off Ma'am

    Mayur Sanas, India Submitted 3/8/2014
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  • She is sensitive she is the NATION'S PRIDE.
    She is loving, caring, she is a wonder guide.
    She doesn’t demand respect, She deserves respect.
    She is very strong don't test her patience.
    She can turn the whole world down
    She is a Wonder Woman …& We are Proud

    India Submitted 3/8/2014
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