My Mother's Day Proclamation

Based on The original Mother’s Day Proclamation or Appeal to Womanhood, written by Julia Ward Howe, it was an appeal for women to unite for peace in the world.

 

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 own hidden fears

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

A tinted reflection of 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 planned justice

We will release those we care for into Her 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