Poem of the Month, September 2015: Women FiordsPosted: 2015/09/15
Text: Solveig Hansen
On her cruise trip to the Norwegian fiords this summer, Ada Aharoni wrote this poem about the women of Norway. It echoes her “Vote Women for Change” call before every general election in Israel.
As web editor of IFLAC, I was delighted to see that she dedicated the poem to me. 🙂 Thank you!
Poem dedicated to Solveig Hansen of Oslo
Excellent Web Director of IFLAC
By Ada Aharoni
Chapeau to the Women of Norway
Who created spectacular Fiords of peace and equality
Piercing, melting every biased iceberg
Throughout the whole of Scandinavia.
How did they do it those brave women?
“Women vote women, and men vote women too –
Vote women for a change, and for a real change
Vote women! One man, one woman
On every key position!”
First woman prime minister Gro Harlem Brundtland
Brought health, joy and equal pay,
And today, Erna Solberg, Norway’s second woman prime minister
Says a staunch NO to ISIS – we do not speak
With barbarians, who captured an innocent
Norwegian and want to behead him
If Norway doesn’t pay the high ransom
They brutally demand!
Bravo Fiord women of Norway –
A model to the whole world
Navigating peace and wisdom through the Golden Gates
Of the formidable “Legatum Prosperity Index.”*
*The Legatum Prosperity Index is an annual ranking, developed by the Legatum Institute, of 142 countries. The ranking is based on a variety of factors including wealth, economic growth, education, health, personal well-being, and quality of life. In the 2014 rankings, Norway again topped the list for the fifth year.