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A Gathering of Mothers

November 4, 2010

We, the mothers,
whose wombs were their first earth and water
whose hearts and tears are theirs perpetually
who studied at the cosmos of their growing bodies
and emotional simplicity
who marveled that God saw us fit
and that we accept the challenge over and over again
whose sensitivities and baby-holding have been given duplicitous representation
who proudly fed them a simple magic from our breasts
whose hearts stir at the endless poetry in their eyes
who can remember the date and time we became the keepers of the night
calmers of the cry
and long-suffering confidants
we cannot forget even the least of these because the blood memory our children is everlasting


We do hereby declare that
our daughters and sons, while not infallible,
are natural
and perfectly made
though you may never know
the depths of their profound tenderness and need to be loved,
We want you to know that imagining them is a worthy exercise

Please do not use your words, weapons, or laws to harm them
Please keep your hatred to yourself,
or better,
chase it from your soul with haste for your sake and ours

We declare that our children
are not for sale
not for torment
their minds are not for colonization
not for self-hatred
their spirits are not for monopolies
not for predation
They are only for Love
Let them be

6 Comments leave one →
  1. Desiree permalink
    November 4, 2010 2:16 pm

    The same intensity of emotion arises each time I read this. Simple, and profound wisdom, eloquently spoken.

  2. November 4, 2010 6:51 pm

    LOVE IT and it’s perfect. Amin. Ase!!!!

  3. November 4, 2010 8:16 pm

    Beautiful post! And, a wonderful reminder to all mothers!

  4. November 4, 2010 8:55 pm

    Your words are beautiful. Thanks for sharing!

  5. November 6, 2010 9:46 am

    Especially in light of the youth taking their own lives, each other’s lives, police shootings like Oscar Grant, I really feel like at least making the attempt to see someone with the intense love of a mother might be a tick on the scorecard for humanity.

    Thanks so much for sharing this moment with me ladies. We’re all busy with our mothering and other work, so I always appreciate when we have a moment to reflect with each other – even if through the web, even if only briefly to say: nice post. Goes a long way.

  6. Alaina permalink
    November 8, 2010 9:30 am


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