Dr. Maria Miraglia, ITALY

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I was born in a village afar
from what they call urban civilization
my skin is not white but smooth
my eyes big and of a light blue
beautiful and attractive they say
is my body
more than so many women
in richer lands
that can go shopping and
buy any and everything they want
to satisfy even their tiniest wishes

But, it is not this that I complain of
I've no recognition of what I am
and treated as a second-rate species
no comfort at home and
a hard work to endure

I long there will come a day
when my sisters and I
can live our lives in full
get our liberties as human beings
without restrictions or limits
as it was to be
since the world's dawn

Dr. Maria Miraglia an educationist, poet, translator, peace activist and a recipient of numerous awards and recognitions, has been for long, an active member of Amnesty International besides being  the founder of WFP and a member of Ican, of the International Observatory for Information and Human Rights, a founding member and literary director of P. Neruda, honorary member of Nationes Unidas de las Letras, and an advisory member of several editorial boards. Her poems in Italian and English have been featured in several reputed poetry anthologies. She also regularly She collaborates for poetry with numerous national and international newspapers and magazines.

Best of Women Poetry -2020 :: Setu, March 2020

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