In Her Own Voice - Text
Within the void of emptiness...
their faces appeared.
vibrant, warm, radiant.
Their countenance illuminated the darkness.
They arrived one after another,
from their respective continents and periods of time.
Ancient women Buddhas, today writers and gender activists, (JAPAN)*
Ancient women priestesses, oracles, philosophers, (GREECE)
Women saints, heroines, martyrs, (EUROPE)
Medicine women, tribal decision-makers, (AMERICA'S FIRST PEOPLE)
Forest women, Savanna women, desert women are sustainable entrepreneurs, social and civil rights activists, (AFRICA)
Aum Namah Shivaya, ancient women Bodhisattvas, today freedom fighters, doctors, lawyers, (INDIA)
Middle Eastern woman artists, musicians, directors, professors, med-techs, architects, teachers, students, (MIDDLE EAST)
After midnight, in the shadows of street corners, they alerted their neighbors, the Hen Patrol, the Petticoat Brigade, today the Women of Peace, (IRISH)
Women journalists, justices, presidents, leaders of all kinds,
And so much more. (SOUTH & LATIN AMERICA)
Women United, All Over The World, We Are One! (WORLD BEAT BOXING)
Many amazing women, known and unknown,
these are they who defied their shadows of fear.
Saw in those shadows the same fears of a thousand others and cried!
"We will walk with you at our side,
yet you will not determine the length, power or direction of our stride."
Many amazing women, past, present and future,
each in her own way - beautiful, elegant and articulate.
She is curious, exuberant, contemplative, industrious, determined, confident, courageous,
And so much more.
Striving against all odds,
she presses forward without looking back.
Accomplishing her goals,
she is authentic and unique.
sisters, mothers, daughters,
these many amazing women,
each in her own voice.
* The country names in capital letters are just a point of reference for the musical composition. They are not to be spoken or sung during the performance and they are not part of the poem itself.