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Gather the Women


This is a poem I wrote for and have read at many Gather the Women events organized by the Women Creating Peace Collective. It feels appropriate to share it today as women gather in solidarity all over the world.

Gather the Women

Gather the women.

Weave our lives together like thread, like cloth, our skins skeins of many colors.

Gather the women.

Our hearts pound together, creating a rhythm we all know how to dance to. Think of the glorious racket of all of our hearts drumming together for peace.

Gather the women.

When we inhale, we breathe each other in. When we exhale, we give ourselves back. This circle of breath, this circle of giving and receiving, sustains us.

Gather the women.

Together we can create new worlds. We are fruitful. We have the juice that makes things happen, the juice of birth, of transformation.

Gather the women.

Look at the beauty gathered here today. Look at the energy gathered here today. Such power lives inside all of us. Such power lives inside the community we create.

Gather the women.

Weave together our heartbeats, our breath; weave together our rich, complicated lives. Look at the work of art we create together. Together we create possibility. Together we weave the most gorgeous future.


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