Enough

A poem for International Women's Day 2017. 

Quote from Mary Oliver’s “Wild Geese.” ©Erica Cirino

Quote from Mary Oliver’s “Wild Geese.” ©Erica Cirino

For far too long

I’ve let others dictate

My happiness,

Measure my worth.

Despite their biases

And inaccuracies,

I let them do it

Because I was afraid,

Afraid to stop them,

Afraid to raise my voice.

Today, it ends:

The sadness,

The overwhelming, unshakable

Feelings of inadequacy.

I will decide

To be happy,

To be worthy,

To be beautiful,

To be loved,

To be enough. ♀️