I won’t beg someone to love me. I learned long ago that there is no use in hopeless pleas of trying to make someone stay. I am too good to chase someone who does not know my worth and I am too wild to keep waiting for someone who doesn’t acknowledge my value. I want to be loved unconditionally. I shouldn’t have to fight so hard for it. I do not have the time to prove to someone that I am worth it. I shouldn’t have to prove any of that; I am worth more than that.
—  Ming D. Liu

Martyr Viyan’s Story

“I married my daughter Viyan (19) but she stayed only 3 months with him. She didn’t accept to be man’s slave. So she left to fight, taking up weapons. She was happy when she left…She wasn’t satisfied with a Kalashnikov and took a Machine Gun on her shoulder. When she was on the frontline she wanted to save her comrades and she told them to go behind where the bullets couldn’t reach them, And then with one of her comrades she distracted the enemy’s Attention for them to go. Her comrade was wounded and is still at the Hospital, but she was martyred. She was shot several times until she couldn’t move anymore, and then she was shot in the left eye and died. Viyan said “I will not come back home, only when I’ll be martyred…don’t cry. scream 3 times ‘Martyrs don’t die and don’t forget to say that I’m not dead because the martyr don’t die.”


The YPJ has unfortunately confirmed the death of Martyr Viyan and published the following Information; Viyan Anter (19) from Qamislo joined the YPJ 2 years ago and was well known for her Machine Gun skills. She was among a Unit of YPJ Fighters in the Village of Yasli in Manbij, when a Group of ISIS Terrorists attacked. 3 Car bombs were driven at their positions. “She and her fellow blew up 2 up of them…but the third hit them.” (x)

There is this odd trend
of taken women
saying they are too much,
and how the men they love
are amazing for dealing with them.

Love should not be a responsibility.
You should not have to deal with me.
Just because a woman is wild
and free
does not mean she is difficult.
He is not a martyr for loving me
through the good
and not so good.

Some mornings I will wake up swinging,
you do not get a gold star
for still loving me.

Some mornings I will wake up like a lamb,
you do not get a gold star
for loving me.

I am not a hurricane of a girl,
you always have the chance to leave.

—  Michelle K.

Giordano Bruno wasn’t executed for this cosmological beliefs per se, but because he rejected major planks of Catholicism such as the virginity of Mary, the trinity, and as the image says, transubstantiation.

His ideas, while often wrong, were still a triumph of common sense over religious gibberish.