War Cry (A Pantoum Style Poem)

Don’t open my door if you aren’t going to close it when you leave

Are you listening to me?

I deserve respect no matter my size or shape, just like everyone else

I am not some object to conquer or kill

Are you listening to me?

The Taliban cannot just board my dusty school bus and fire three shots at me

I am not some object to conquer or kill

You, with your rough whiskers, must face the consequences of what you take

The Taliban cannot just board my dusty school bus and fire three shots at me

You are right to fear that I may know too much, that education is serving me right

You, with your rough whiskers, must face the consequences of what you take

I am learning that a woman is worth more than just how much she can please a man

You are right to fear that I may know too much, that education is serving me right

Do your worst, I will still be standing against you at the end of each day

I am learning that a woman is worth more than just how much she can please a man

My name is Malala, your bullets will not silence me

Do your worst, I will still be standing against you at the end of each day

I deserve respect no matter my size or shape, just like everyone else

My name is Malala, your bullets will not silence me

You cannot just close this door after you open it

7 thoughts on “War Cry (A Pantoum Style Poem)”

  1. This is incredible, how long did it take for you to write this, if I may ask? The poem is leant heavily towards notions of feminism and war – but there is an intrinsic sense of self-dignity about the way it’s written, which can be taken independently from any current socio-political affair.

    1. It was actually a school assignment for my college poetry class so I believe I had a week to do it. It s a beautiful and clever form, I truly love the work it requires from the poet. The year before I had done a presentation on Malala so she was in my mind at the time. It’s a piece of my work that impresses me still. Thank you for asking about it and your encouraging analysis!

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