Your pain was not in vain
Found buried with a horse, spear
Shield, battle axe and arrows
Proof that women could overcome fear
Fiercely loving and defending
Family and friends.
Over the centuries
Women have been leashed and silenced
Corseted, drugged, beaten, ignored
Treated like family pets
Teetering on stiletto heels
Emotions wrapped in woman-made steel.
But you, you did what must be done
Yes, silenced too young
But I look at you and know
Women were not made to only
Cook and sew
We are strong and brave
Created to carry life and
Therefore to save
All we love and care for.
And I say to you
Warrior Woman
Role model
Excavated from a farm
Your pain was not in vain…

(C) 2019 Clarissa Simmens (ViataMaja)
IMAGE: Viking Shield Maiden, LiveScience



  1. I LOVE this poem, Clarissa! So powerful. Women have indeed been “leashed and silenced
    Corseted, drugged, beaten, ignored”. The more I read of history, the more I see it. Thank Goddess for changing times!


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