struggle of many

you see her poverty as weakness,
without knowing that she
simply lacks the opportunity to grow.
you view her difference
as inadequacy,
because you fear that
which you do not understand.
you look at her,
but barely see the beauty
that refuses to be hidden
or ignored.
she is more than one woman,
one man or one country,
she is a world of people
who struggle each day
to stand and survive
with strength,
and dignity.

Copyright © Roxane Tracey, 2008

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