My Mother's Day Proclamation

This Poem is based on this one, written in 1872.

Arise then... women of this day!

Arise, all women who have hearts!

Whether your baptism be of water or of tears!

Say firmly:

Our homes and churches will be shelters

We will not live in fear

We will not engage the painful path

Only to hold onto the white picket illusion

Acting as if perfection is an attainable goal

Shame be banished!

In words and deeds

We will not look away when our sisters cry

We will look them in their tear filled eyes

Even when this highlights our hidden fears

We will not live as if our children are meant to be anything other than

A tinted reflection of His kingdom in a fractured world

We will hold loosely in love and nurture fully

Nurturing whatever/ whoever is placed beside us

Clinging to the whole knowledge of His planned justice

We will release those we care for into His better than arms

While offering our own less than arms as sacrifice

Living peace filled lives

Speaking with clear voices

In the name of womanhood and humanity, I earnestly ask

For you to listen