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​Helva's Song

This song is by Anne Harlan Prather and appears on the Compilation Space Heroes and Other Fools (1983) by ​Julia Ecklar, ​Anne Harlan Prather and ​Leslie Fish.

I am woman, born this day
This Galaxy to roam
Born human, but no human now
This ship's my body's home.
Born to live in debt for years
To nameless corporate power
Born to roam the stars alone
Hour by endless hour.

I am woman, born to love
And never to feel
The warmth of human tenderness
The sting of human need.
Born to bear my love alone
Unknown to all but him
Born to bear my love alone
Unknown to all but him.

I am woman, born to grieve
But made to shed no tears
Forced to bear my pain alone
Across the empty years
Forced to work without a rest
No solace may I find
I am woman, never to know
Pain or peace of mind.

I was once the ship who sang
My song for all the world
But my song is silent now
Never to be heard.

I am woman, born this day
This galaxy to roam
Born human, but no human now
This ship's my body's home.