The Pink Ghetto
We blast- where is our empowerment?
Here at Bad Gal we cultivate contemporary clothes
Vogues of rouge, summer stoppers, pink rockers.
The Divine Feminine; The Future Is Female
is seared in the clear on our bright batch of new clothes
which weeps- where is our empowerment?
Customers come and consume and commend
brandishing the crop tops in glamour and pink pride
as vogues of rouge, summer shoppers and pink rockers.
These shirts will revamp wildflowers to sunflowers
these embellishment will make motives rouse and rise
for this declaration: we have our pink empowerment!
Behind the customers care, groans grieve by the hour
they hammer halters and flatten female futures, drinking pennies
their summer's sore, their summers made for westward rockers
They whip in one hand and bolster in the other
as sari girls slave for 2p a day to aid their mothers
in the west, their well-dressed in exchange
for oppression: where is their empowerment?
Adaeze Onwuelo has been writing poetry ever since she was sixteen years old. Drawing inspiration from personal experience and events she witnesses, she attempts to express herself through poetry. She has been published in Ink, Sweat & Tears