Dear Woman: You have value

Hawwah
Posted September 4, 2020 from Nigeria

I loved to write as a child, and as a teenager. It provided me with a gateway and escape from my difficult life.  Having no listening ear, I poured my heart unto every paper I could find; pen or pencil. I wrote as though my life depended on it,  often times making sense, and sometimes making none at all even to myself. I began to write poetry at the age of 21; a young widow and mother. Poetry became my only escape. At that time too, I wrote about a dozen poems before I decided to take a leap into the unknown. I never was able to get any of them published, lost them all eventually and lost touch with poetry.

The poetic side of me re-emerged when I stood with all the Girls and women of the world, in my heart and with my keyboard to commemorate the 16 days of activism against Gender-Based Violence in 2019, which won the World Pulse story award. I made another attempt again in March 2020 to commemorate the annual International Women's Day. 

Even though I have already posted it on World Pulse in March, I wish to submit it as an entry for the call for submissions as Poetry. 

This story was submitted in response to From Poetry to Paintings .

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Tamarack Verrall
Sep 04, 2020
Sep 04, 2020

Dear Hawwah,
What a lovely video with a powerful message. I so agree, we women are what has been missing in this world. We have been held back for so long, and now we rise, together. I love the image for this video, with such encouraging words about our importance.

Hawwah
Sep 05, 2020
Sep 05, 2020

Dear Tam,
Thank you very much for your kind words. I love the image too. It is beautiful and powerful at the same time.
Yes, we are very important and valuable even though we have been told we are not.
We must remember our uniqueness and importance in the circle of life.
I hope this poem reminds every woman that hears it how valuable she is.
We matter.
In love and sisterhood,
Hawwah

jessg411
Sep 06, 2020
Sep 06, 2020

Dear Hawwah- Thank you for sharing your passion for poetry and how you lost and found it. I look forward to reading your work!

Best,
Jess

Hawwah
Sep 08, 2020
Sep 08, 2020

Dear Jess,
Thank you for your comment.
You can follow my portfolio on www.authory.com/HawwaAGambo.
Those are my journalistic works though.
That is what is mainstream at the moment. But I would love to have an opportunity to do poetry too.
In love and sisterhood,
Hawwah.

jessg411
Sep 08, 2020
Sep 08, 2020

Dear Hawwah-
Thank you! I was unable to visit this web page but found your name on a story anyways. Your report of the rape and abuse of your friend's sister was deeply upsetting. Thank you for raising awareness on lack of prosecution of these terrible crimes and the lack of sympathy given to survivors. I am so happy that you are at least writing, despite it not being poetry.

Wishing you the best,
Jess

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Sep 08, 2020
Sep 08, 2020

Dear beautiful woman Hawwah,

What a lovely and empowering spoken poetry this is! The image on the video speaks volumes as well. I resonate with this, " Having no listening ear, I poured my heart unto every paper I could find; pen or pencil. " I wrote because no one was there to listen, too.

You have such a colorful journey, dear. Widow and a mother at 21 years old. Your pain yesterday is your strength today. You certainly have that authority to encourage and empower women because you've overcome so many challenges. Thank you for sharing your lovely video and poetry with us, talented one!

Hawwah
Sep 08, 2020
Sep 08, 2020

Dear darling Karen,
Thank you so much for your beautiful words of encouragements and support.
I am so happy to hear my experience resonates with you.
Somehow I always knew I was not the only one with my thoughts and experiences in the world, but I just didn't know how and where I would them.
Until I discovered world pulse.
Thank you to world pulse and everyone here for sharing in a collective dream for a better world and the will to contribute to making it a reality.
In love and sisterhood,
Hawwah.

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Sep 09, 2020
Sep 09, 2020

You're welcome, dear sister. That's the beauty of telling our stories. It connects the readers to the storytellers. That's great to know, dear. Wow, thank you for the words of upliftment and appreciation. Thanks to your contribution that makes this sisterhood thrive, too!

Beth Lacey
Sep 08, 2020
Sep 08, 2020

Good luck!

Hawwah
Sep 08, 2020
Sep 08, 2020

Thank you, Beth.
In love and sisterhood,
Hawwah.

bennettml
Sep 10, 2020
Sep 10, 2020

Hawwah
I love your phrase- we are the "antidote to the malaise" in the world today...
It says so very much.....

Veronica Ngum Ndi
Jan 31
Jan 31

Dear Hawwah
You are a very strong woman and it is a lovely video you have here. Continue to push forward and help others too. Do not allow anything to hold you back. Courage sister
Love
Veronica Ngum
Cameroon

Katrina Griffin
Mar 30
Mar 30

This is so beautiful and creative. Thank you dear beautiful, intelligent and courageous woman for sharing this with us! I encourage you to continue writing poetry and I hope you will publish them this time for the world to see and hear. The world needs this!

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