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The Queen of My Self

The Queen of My Self

A Mother’s Day Proclamation Poem

 

Here is a beautiful response to Julia Ward Howe’s Mother’s Day Proclamation by one of our own sister Queens.

 

A MOTHER’S DAY PROCLAMATION

By Queen Mary Immaculata Saracino, CO

“Arise, then, women of this day! Arise all women who have heart, whether our baptism be that of water or tears!”

-Mother’s Day Proclamation, Julia Ward Howe, Boston , 1870

 

She couldn’t anticipate that we’d sip champagne at fancy brunches, turn her fervor into a hallmark holiday

In the name of womanhood and of humanity

Julia Ward Howe set her soul upon a nobler task

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We will not have our great questions decided by irrelevant agencies

Set her courage upon loftier aims

Our husbands shall not come to us, reeking with carnage, for caresses and applause

She spoke of blood and bone

Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn all that we have been able to teach them of charity, mercy and patience

She invoked the language of the womb

We women of one country will be too tender of those of another country to allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs

She sounded a clarion call for unity

I earnestly ask that a general congress of women without limits of nationality may be appointedAgainst all adversity, she audaciously sought to abolish war to promote the alliance of the different nationalities, the amicable settlement of international question,

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She meant for all of us to mother the world

the great and general interests of peace.

She meant for us to mend our rivalries,

go to our rooms until we cooled off,

kiss and make up, the way she knew we could

if we’d just listen to our mothers

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Donna Henes is the author of The Queen of My Self: Stepping into Sovereignty in Midlife. She is the Midlife Midwife™ offering counseling and upbeat, practical and ceremonial guidance for individual women and groups who want to enjoy the fruits of an enriching, influential, purposeful, passionate, and powerful maturity.

Consult the Midlife Midwife™: http://www.donnahenes.net/queen/consult.shtml

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The Queen welcomes questions concerning all issues of interest to women in their mature years. Send your inquiries to thequeenofmyself@aol.com.

 

 

 

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