I think your bones
were made in an elsewhere place.

How else does one explain
this inconceivable strength that makes you.

The way you look into danger’s mouth
And see no cemetery or death.

Instead, carve your name into
its teeth with a switchblade,

defeat it so effortlessly and
throw your head back and laugh.

Paradox girl, mighty woman,
you are the thing that terrifies them.

Both monster and maiden, both cure and poison,
all of these things, and at the same time human.

Defined by no man, you are your own story,
blazing through the world, turning history into herstory.

And when they dare to tell you about
all the things you cannot be,
you smile and tell them,
‘I am both war and woman and you cannot stop me.’

– Nikita Gill


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I had to read an ode for my college English class and I just googled odes and ran across yours and I really liked it. Can you tell me the meaning of your “Ode To Fearless Women”? I would like to explain it to my professor and classmates.

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