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Showing posts with label Water Running Downhill. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Water Running Downhill. Show all posts

Friday, March 8, 2019

A poem for International Women's Day, "New Frontiers," by Joan Ellen Gage




NEW FRONTIERS

I have to say that
the women I meet these days, as
peers and otherwise,
are smart and savvy.
They are really out there
breaking up the male empire
and enjoying it.

This sisterhood of women
is such a positive force, and
whether we realize it, or
not, the truth is,
women are changing
their worlds, and
it is apparent to them.

Even if the rest of the planet cannot
see this alteration,
It does not matter. It is
our own perception that does.
Women have visualized
a new reality, and made it theirs,
they now operate within this new order.

We are cowgirls of
the new frontier,
Making and breaking up rules,


we ride bareback into
dangerous deserts, canyons,
and boardrooms,
while twirling our iPhones.

And, when we wear our silver spurs,
they haven’t got
a chance!

From the book Water Running Downhill,
by Joan Ellen Gage



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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Women Who Serve; a poem for caregivers




WOMEN WHO SERVE

Daily, they bring me
The stories of their
Lives and loves
These tales speak
To me on a very
Personal level, as
These stories may
Evolve to include mine

These women tell me
Of lives spent
Taking care of everyone
Beginning with raising children
Encompassing perhaps twenty years
And of their being a helpmate
To their spouses, and doing
The never-ending household chores

But, these years of child-rearing
Were closely followed with
The care taking of these women’s
Failing parents; a role reversal where
The parents seemed
To become the children
This was a difficult duty
But it was a duty done out of love

Lastly, the women spoke of
The deterioration of their spouses
Many of these women
Had no funds for outside help
And often were frail themselves
But they bravely served
At their spouses sides
And offered up their
Often-thankless support
Waging a war until the end

There are no purple hearts
For care-giving, and no memorials
This is the reality of women’s lives
This may become your existence and mine
Please, learn by this lesson
This is our time; fly and be free!

Joan Ellen Gage
from the book
Water Running Downhill! 

For my dear friend, Elisa. Rest in peace, Dario. 



BOOKS:
STRANGER IN A STRANGE SKIN: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/95140
©All creative works by Joan Ellen Gage are her exclusive property, and Joan maintains the legal rights to them.