2019 U.S. Embassy Poetry Contest Winner in Honor of International Women’s Day “Ashley Rapgeg, Yap Catholic High School”

Poem was submitted as part of the 2019 U.S. Embassy Poetry Contest in Honor of International Women’s Day.

“She Can” By Ashley Rapgeg, Yap Catholic High School
Gender means almost nothing
Not only one gender can be everything
If he can reach for the stars,
Then she can reach just as far.
He can have dreams for the world,
But it’s not just him in this swirl.
She has dreams just as big, and just as wide.
The world is no longer he rise and she hide.
She is being heard in this modern day,
But sometimes treated like she doesn’t have a say.
Which is funny, because she has a voice just like he,
And she can see fortune just as badly.
She can be as high as he can stand,
And she can lead better than they understand.

She had kissed the ground that he stood,
She had watched from the side like she should,
She had cleaned his wounds when he bled,
And wished to do something more when in bed.
She can be as great as he is,
And she can be better than this.
She shouldn’t have to remind them that she is here
And that she can be just as good as they feared.
He shouldn’t have to belittle her soul,
And play with her as if she was a silly doll,
Because he and she are not different.
He and she are both amazingly brilliant.
He and she are one and the same.
Both human with dreams and ambitions to claim.
He and she are balance for a greater dream.
He and she are a balance for better team.

*Poem was submitted as part of the 2019 U.S. Embassy Poetry Contest in Honor of International Women’s Day