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Mothers, Sisters, Daughters, Wives - A Poem in Honor of International Women’s Day

Updated: Mar 8


(Painting by Annie Kiyonaga, May 2019)




the life of a woman


feet planted on the

earth


Mother Earth


head held high

touching the sky


energetic connection

to life giving


to

nurturing

to

holding safe


arms that support

hands that soothe

words tumbling out

that ease pain


body, mind and

heart

wanting to protect

from any suffering

any harm


the sword that can hide in

life’s folds

has not a chance against

a mother’s love


against

a woman’s strength


in times of war

the most profound of

human pathologies


women leave strollers and

baby carriages


standing sentinel at


the train station


a sweep of support


of love


awaiting those fleeing refugees


amongst them mothers

holding their young

steady and determined

knowing what needs to be done


to safeguard

to barricade their young

from the deep, deep sorrows

this human species


can propagate


and these gifts of strollers

of carriages

at the train station

a gift from one mother to another

awaits


through time

across time

the strength of woman

the brilliance of woman

the heart intelligence of woman

is seen again and again


demanding the vote

demanding equal rights

demanding that justice and compassion rule the day


fierce in courage

tender in the fragility of evanescent beauty

steeped in earth’s wisdom


the incomparable care, strength and power

that is woman



Annie Kiyonaga


March, 2022




Recently, a photo was taken of strollers and baby carriages placed by Polish mothers on a train platform in Poland in case mothers, caretakers, with children - amongst the arriving Ukrainian refugees - had need. It is an incredibly beautiful photo.




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