Eliza Segiet, POLAND


To be like until now?
For what?
It is worth experiencing life more fully.

Discovery of talent within oneself -
the beginning of creativity.

Not quantity, but quality
guarantee the joy of existence.

Radium and polonium
she discovered -
a wife, mother,
a woman with imagination.

It is not a delusion, but realness.
Not mannequins and robots,
but the mind allows
to build the world.


She did not want to be invisible,
considered the weaker one.
She decided to be creative.
She began to fight
for her freedom and independence.

When she came
out of her supposedly safe world,
she saw the wrongs that are happening around.

She could think,
she distinguished good from evil.

Now she is fighting for peace, equality and love.

She ceased to be just a wife and a mother.
She is a woman
who regained her surname
and with it shows to the world
that a wardrobe full of shoes and skirts
is not an obstacle
- to have a voice.


There is no longer a myth
that a woman is home, family
and dependence on husband’s power.

There is no longer a myth
that the latter are better,
that they can do more.

The former can also
make dreams come true.

There is no longer a myth
that her place is the underground.

Women and men
are People
with free will,
with the right to decide.

(The above poems originally in the Polish language, have been translated by Artur Komoter)

Eliza Segiet graduated with a Master's Degree in Philosophy and completed her postgraduate studies in Cultural Knowledge, Philosophy, Arts and Literature at Jagiellonian University, Poland. Her poem Questions won the title of the International Publication of the Year (2017) in Spillwords Press. Her poem Sea of Mists won the title of the International Publication of the Year (2018) in Spillwords Press. Eliza's works can be found in anthologies and literary magazines worldwide.

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