Poetry & Art

Woman Enough


I am woman enough

Resilience comes from endurance

My endurance from pain

Today, I seek to empower those

Who live life the same

Our struggles exist as a test of fate

Our lives are humbled

As a result of weight

We carry as baggage

I can attest to that

I am woman enough

No need to combat

My feelings, my truth

My woes, my youth

Cannot change the old

I can only stride into the new

by Marla Bautista

Marla Bautista is an Army Wife and mother of three. She is the Published Author of My Thoughts Abandoned, released in 2017. As a Freelance Writer and Blogger, she has written for many publications including Military Spouse Magazine, Military Families Magazine, and Harness Magazine. Her passion is giving back to people in need. Marla is the Co-Founder of The Bautista Project, a custom décor and apparel company, which uses a percentage of their profits to provide for homeless communities. She has been featured on ABC50/WWTI Watertown as The Hometown Hero in March 2018. She was also named Armed Forces Insurance 2018 & 2019 Military Spouse of the Year Base Level Winner for Fort Drum.


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