Friday, July 25, 2008
Mother's Day Proclamationby Julia Ward Howe
Arise, then, women of this day!
Arise, all women who have hearts,
Whether our baptism be of water or of tears!
"We will not have great questions decided by irrelevant agencies,
Our husbands will not come to us, reeking with carnage, for caresses and applause.
Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn
All that we have been able to teach them of charity, mercy and patience.
We, the women of one country, will be too tender of those of another country
To allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs."
From the bosom of the devastated Earth a voice goes up with our own.
It says: "Disarm! Disarm! The sword of murder is not the balance of justice."
Blood does not wipe our dishonor, nor violence indicate possession.
As men have often forsaken the plough and the anvil at the summons of war,
Let women now leave all that may be left of home for a great and earnest day of counsel.
Let them meet first, as women, to bewail and commemorate the dead.
Let them solemnly take counsel with each other as to the means
Whereby the great human family can live in peace,
Each bearing after his own time the sacred impress, not of Caesar,
But of God.
In the name of womanhood and humanity, I earnestly ask
That a general congress of women without limit of nationality
May be appointed and held at someplace deemed most convenient
And at the earliest period consistent with its objects,
To promote the alliance of the different nationalities,
The amicable settlement of international questions,
The great and general interests of peace.
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Thursday, July 10, 2008
It doesn't interest me if there is one God
Or many gods.
It wants to know if you belong or feel
If you know despair or can see it in others.
I want to know if you are prepared to live in the world
Wit its harsh need
To change you. If you can look back
With firm eyes
Saying this where I stand. I want to know
If you know
How to melt into that fierce heat of living
The center of your longing. I want to know
If you are willing
To live, day by day with the consequence of love
And the bitter
Unwanted passion of your...defeat.
Saturday, July 5, 2008
Heart of desire
That passion so intoxicating
Craving for life
And finding at all the wrong places
Enjoying each and every minute of it
Paying the price of addiction
Powerless in my passion
Shame consuming my body's soul
No sorrow in my shame
For life-fullness in midst of life-lessness
May God liberate me from my paradoxy
I pray that today is that day...