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Friday, March 23, 2012

The "Roar" Series Continues With Author & Poet Yasmin Morais

Half the Sky

They say we hold up half the sky,
yet every day
daughters sigh
mothers cry.

Misogynistic rants
tear us down.
Boundaries are set:
“You can’t do that yet!”

Hold your head up,
square those shoulders.
Let your smile shine through.
Be your own you.
Don’t apologize,
just strategize.

This is your day;
this is your time.
Princess, you can cross that finish line!


Yasmin Morais is a librarian and poet. She is the author of From Cane Field to the Sea, and Mommy and Daddy are Soldiers, and blogs at Poets of the Caribbean (http://poetsofthecaribbean.blogspot.com)


  1. Replies
    1. Jennifer Brown BanksMarch 23, 2012 at 4:17 PM

      Hey Lynn,

      Isn't it?! Yasmin is an awesome poet.

      Thanks for stopping by and providing input.
      Good to hear from you; it's been awhile. :-)

  2. Yasmin's poem is empowering. She has inspired me to write a poem.

    1. Jennifer Brown BanksMarch 23, 2012 at 5:56 PM

      Go, Linda!

      Make sure to share it with us. Thanks for stopping by and weighing in.

  3. I like that - crossing the finish line. May it be so for each of us.

    1. Jennifer Brown BanksMarch 23, 2012 at 6:05 PM


      Me too! Thanks for chiming in. :-)

  4. Lyn,

    I am glad you like the poem. Thanks for your kind comment.

  5. Jennifer,

    Thanks for the opportunity to share my poem. I am enjoying all the posts you have been sharing in the "Roar" Series.

    1. Jennifer Brown BanksMarch 24, 2012 at 2:39 PM


      Thanks for your contribution and ongoing support. I have definitely enjoyed highlighting accomplished writers/women through the "Roar" Series.

  6. Thanks, Linda. I would love to read your poem.

  7. Karen,

    Thanks for your comment. Glad you like the poem.

  8. Awesome poem. May we as women be uplifted.


  9. Jen, I was looking through your old posts and saw this for the first time now. Love. It. Thank you for giving Yasmin this forum to further share her poetry.

    Yasmin, I'm adopting the line, "Don't apologize, just strategize," as my new mantra! Your poem is uplifting.

    Be well, ladies.

  10. Charmaine and Janette, I am just seeing your comments. Sorry for the late reply, but better late than never. Janette, I am so pleased that you have adopted one of my lines as your mantra. Good to hear from you both.