These poems are dedicated to all my sisters…
I am woman, hear me roar,
I am woman, watch me soar…
As a woman, I have endured much over the years — some things have left deep scars, some have brought joy. I have watched fellow females struggle, and I have held many of them in my arms and my heart as they poured out their pain.
I consider myself one of the lucky ones because I had my pen to fight the demons that invaded my world, and I was able to use that same pen to help and touch the hearts of females around me. Many tears were shed when I shared my poems, as the words touched the spirits of the women listening.
I do not want you to think that all that is written in this book has happened to me. I look around and observe, and my heart bleeds the ink with which I write the poems. I hope, if you are reading them, you will find a semblance of courage, knowing you are not the only one who has suffered.
To all my sisters: Be brave. Be strong. Embrace life. You are not alone. When you are down and think there is nothing you can do, call another sister. If you do nothing more than hold each other in an extended hug, you will be refreshed.
Yours in sisterhood,
Author, Mary M. Cushnie-Mansour