power

this was posted in reply to barbaraQ’s blog entry about the not quite equal status of iraqi women under the not yet new constitution…i thought i’d record it here too.


women have power over life…we are the creators of life. women have power over death…we nurse those dancing with death; we soothe those kissed by death; we bathe, swaddle and let go of those taken by death.

men, fearful of our power to create and let go of life have usurped death. they starve, slash, soil and condemn to death all those they fear. and they fear us. they use death as a tool to shave our heads; cover our faces; bind our hands; burn our bodies.

so, what do we do? we do as the witches did. hide our staffs by our brooms; till our soil with our swords; fill our cups with our teas and cast our stones to the wind.


but there’s more to think about here than what i wrote to barbara. there’s more we must do privately and communally. the above is a start. we live our lives privately, honestly, fully and as nobody’s slave or fool. communally, we protect ourselves and other women, raise our children to recognize the power and worth of women and men from womb to grave. we shout. we write. we protest. we get in their faces and we don’t let up until they recognize their mistake and atone for their sin in the face of mother, daughter, lover, goddess, gaia.

and we don’t accept a lesser status…ever.

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4 responses to “power

  • westlinwind

    Love you, wonderful lady.

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  • Anonymous

    For all of us, especially our exploited sisters

    Our burqas hide their fanstasies
      knives cut
         needles stitch shut
      the gift bestowed by men
        on their sons
     In countries called developing
    
    Out lips, breasts, navels, rumps
       expertly preen
         on the wide screen
       men and their money
         to lure
    In countries called industrialized
    
    But one thing they can never
         pluck out, sell
           or quell:
         the collective voice
           rising
    From the being called woman

    Have a great weekend!
    LOVE YA!!!
    –Barbara

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    • Anonymous

      Re: For all of us, especially our exploited sisters
      Revised edition (already!)

      Our burqas hide their fanstasies
        knives cut
          needles stitch shut
        the gift
          bestowed on sons
      In countries called developing
      Our lips, breasts, navels, rumps
        hired to preen
          on the wide screen
        men and their money
          to lure
      In countries called industrialized
      But one thing they can never
        pluck out, sell
          or quell:
        the collective voice
          rising from the depths
      Of beings called women
      

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  • brni

    you know that angry women book i’ve been reading? i think you might find the section on bell books interesting.

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