Mothers You KnowPosted: 2014/03/08
A Poem for International Women’s Day, March 8, 2014.
MOTHERS YOU KNOW
By Ada Aharoni
“We can best help you to prevent war not by repeating your words and following your methods but by finding new words and creating new methods.” –Virginia Woolf, Three Guineas
Mothers you know, a long time ago
have been wisely decreed
by diverse human creeds and needs –
goddesses of peace-in-the-home,
lavishly giving life, love and healing
through their wombs and life-blood
And they have been quite successful
those cosy peace-in-the-home mothers,
closely guarding us with their wisdom
their tender words and watchful eyes.
Surely safer than in a Nuclear War
or in a new World War, or just a tiny war –
so what about making mothers
the guardians of peace on earth?
Surely we wouldn’t be so much worse?
And they are so available those mothers –
you can even find them in enemy land…
Look at the terrible mess they have
made of our blue planet, mother,
you are the only one who can save it now,
the only one who really knows
how to protect your fearful children
weeping over their drugged ailing world,
the only one who can heal it now, mother
cradling it in your warm, loving arms