Instapoetry is a new form of social media poetry. I am inspired by two insta-poets, Rupi Kaur and Amanda Lovelace. These two female poets proudly proclaim the power of women and girls. They are not only female, they are feminists. They are pro-women.
A few months ago, I bought Kaur’s poetry collection “milk and honey” and Lovelace’s collection “the princess saves herself in this one”. These power packed poems sent my head spinning in circles. I was literarly paralyzed by these short, insightful lyrics.
Throughout my life, I have been inspired by powerful women. My grandmother (Miss Ann), my mother, my aunts, and my sisters have all served as examples of female power.
Moreover, I am following in the footsteps of other powerful women such as: Mother Teresa, Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Angelina Jolie, Beyonce, Rihanna, Taylor Swift, Barbra Streisand, Melinda French Gates, and Ivanka Trump.
Since I have lived in both the United States and the State of Israel, I notice that women are empowered towards equality in both countries. When I served in both the United States Army and Israel Defense Forces (IDF), I served together with strong and intelligent women. I’ve seen women in tough leadership positions, and I am comfortable with women in powerful positions.
It is important to teach the next generation—Generation Z—to respect and empower women and girls in a safe space. Young women such as Malala Yousafzai and Greta Thunberg are leading humanity towards greater acceptance of “empowered femininity”.
I believe poetry, literature, and song lyrics can uplift the cause of women’s rights, human rights, and equal opporunity.
I was inspired to write my own feminist instapoem titled: “Everyone is a Feminist“:
My sisters are my mother.
Women and men are equal.
All men were created to share power with women.
If God exists, then God is a divine female.
Women’s bodies belong to women.
Girls and boys are equal.
Wonder Woman is a feminist.
Most people have sight but no vision.
The most important letters in the English alphabet are: LGBTQ.
All women are my mother.
Everyone is a feminist.