Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Domestic Workers Speak Out with through Song and Poetry

Members of IDWN gathered to share experiences across regions and languages, through song and poetry. Inspired by her sisters’ performances, Shirley Pryce, President of the Jamaica Household Workers’ Association, wrote “I am a Domestic Worker.”

I am a Domestic Worker

Hear me roar in numbers too big to ignore, I have been down on the floor but no one ever going to keep me down
O yes I am wise, but it is wisdom born of pain, yes I have paid the price, but look how much I have gained
If I have to, I can do it all again O yes I am strong, I am invincible
O yes I am a Domestic Worker
I am a Domestic Worker watch me grow, I can stand with you toe to toe,
I cook the food but cannot eat it, I was locked out of the house,
because I want to grow, I slept in the dog house times and times again but yes I am a Domestic Worker I am invincible and I am strong
You can bend me but never break me, cause it only serves to make me more determined to achieve my goal.
But if you bend me I will come back even stronger yes I am strong, STRONG STRONG

-Shirley Pryce Jamaica Houshold Workers’ Association

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