where are the women?
in these old stories of blood and war
women know of these things better than men
Where is Helen?
glorious and golden, Aphrodite in human form
Why does she not get to tell her story of finding and regretting love?
Where is Penelope?
silent and suffering
why does she not get to rage for the injustice
Where is Rebekah?
the schemer, the dreamer, the believer
why does she not get to be blessed?
It’s a question I’ve been asked since I was eight
Where are the women?
Where are they now?
They are marching, they are fighting, they are screaming
Look around you,
we are storytellers
we are freedom fighters
we are the ones chosen
— Hear Us Roar by Abby S