What A woman must do! This poem by Ursula Rucker acts as a powerful dissection of treatment, obstacles, demands and judgement that women face in society and why no one is in a position to tell a woman what she must do!

As per usual here is his performance and the words to his poem, for you to contemplate, comprehend and digest.

Until you walk, run, fight a mile in her shoes
Don’t you dare stand in front of me and tell me
What a woman must do
She must
Swing from chandeliers for undeserving spouses and paramours
Who deny her suffrage by day, but crave and praise her womanly wiles by
night
Good enough to fuck but, not good enough to vote
She must
Go from the beauty of Africa, to the horrors of massa
Go from titties dangling bare and shameless
To being branded, licentious, temptress, embarrassed
Go from land of yams and heat hot
To land of cash crops and sellers block
Go… from God names, to no name, to his names
Now Black
Now inhuman
Freedom stolen, family stolen, now beholden… but still golden
Field hollerin’… and Ain’t I A Woman
and Ain’t I A Woman

What
What a
What a woman
What a woman must
What a woman must do
She must
Wipe away tears and reclaim strength
After rape, abortion, lover’s betrayal, child’s birth, child’s death,
husband’s abuse
Tricking to buy baby shoes
She must
Be called a muse
Which is just a synonym for use
Put upon pedestals
Dainty and protected
And because of that disrespected
Victorianized- vicitmised
Made a paradox of famous anonymity
Left to go insane with too much femininity
Staring at yellow wallpaperHer heart
Open
Her legs
Open
Warm and welcoming
Waiting… for phone calls that never come
Waiting… for words of appreciation that never come
Waiting… for equal pay that never comes
It just never comes
WaitingWaiting, waiting, waiting
Waiting, waiting, waitingWaiting for love
Waiting for acknowledgment not judgment
WaitingAnd when seeking or achieving any kind of power
Reduced to labels like…Concubine. Cunt. Bitch. Whore. Stunt. Witch. DykeAnd none of those are her name, And none of those have ever been her nameyour nameor my nameWhat
What a
What a woman
What a woman must do
What a woman must doUntil you walk, run, fight a mile in her shoes
Don’t you dare stand in front of me and tell me
What a woman must do By Ursula Rucker @URucker





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