Child Within

Poetry | By Karolina Jeppson, Journalist | 03 October 2015

I have seen the world begin
by women speaking
their child within:
I can do this, I can do that
I want this, I want that
I am this, I am that
I know this, I know that

But somehow on the way
our courage betrays
us, when coming of age
too early, too fast
the birth of our rage
will explode, be a blast

I have seen the world fall ill
by women rejecting
their child within:
I can’t do this, I can’t do that
I can’t want this, I can’t want that
I ain’t this, I ain’t that
I don’t know this, I don’t know that

Dedication and courage
– away did it sway!
And we go with the ray
of the sun burning light
– no relief, no shade
will protect my face
when restraints and barriers
is all I embrace

I have seen the world begin
by women’s wisdom from
their child within:
I can learn this, I can learn that
I can become this, I can become that
I can do this, I can do that
I will try this, I will try that

In a way do we enter
the gate of life’s Centre
when overcoming the first
disappointment and thirst
After all, our minds are free
the spirit of my child within
is buzzing like a bee
and we made ourselves clear
that now we’ll move from here

I have seen the world begin
by women speaking
their child within:
the moment to start
is always a blast
my courage is earned
from all that I’ve learned

No matter single or married
wealthy or poor
no matter widow or wife
bruised or with sores:
My mind is this roar
of hope and evolution
of strength and resolution
I will become me even more
and empower and score
those goals that I saw
as a child outlaw
that I could not then reach
and since, they have bleached
but now I’ve gained courage
and from this I will nourish
the trust to my age
and shout out my rage

I will turn to my inner child
and express my discovery
turn to women of my town side
blindfolded of poverty
I will tell them all to discover:
there is a lot in yourselves to uncover

We’ll tell all, my child and me:
I have seen the world begin
by women speaking
their child within