I Am, by Martha Fromson

I AM I am Lilith the rebellious lilith the demon cast aside by good men who fear to tread where I was forced to flee I am a tall and unbending tree that bows its head to no man s love nor rage I am a single ice-sharp diamond in a crown of softest rose

I AM

I am Lilith the rebellious

lilith the demon

cast aside by good men

who fear to tread

where I was forced to flee

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I am a tall and unbending tree

that bows its head

to no man's love nor rage

I am a single

ice-sharp diamond

in a crown of softest rose

I tempt men from the path of light

for he threw me away

I am Lilith

reviled by a man

who cried and whimpered to his god

to send him a woman

more soft and sweet than me

Eve

mother of life

yet lifeless

with no fire in her heart

I am consumed by fire

but nor burnt

I am ignored

but I will not leave

I am Lilith

and I stand strong

for you my daughters

Taken from a collection

of poems by Martha Fromson, a pupil at Henrietta

Barnett School