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"Each of us must come to care about everyone else's children. We must recognize that the well being of our own children is intimately linked to the well being of all other people's children. After all, when one of our children needs life-saving surgery, someone else's child will perform it. When one of our children is harmed by violence, someone else's child will commit it. The good life for our own children can be secured only if it is also secured for all other people's children. But to work for the well being of all children is not just a practical matter-- it is also right!" - Lilian G. Katz, Phd.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

I am a woman

I am a woman.
I carry my burdens
Head held high.
Back straight- pointing to the sky.
I am a woman.

I heft my burdens.
I grow stronger each day
wearing each role in my own way.

Mother, teacher, manager, preacher
I am all these things and much more

I am a woman.

Prideful, humble, sinner, saint
I dare you tell me something I ain't.

Because,
I am a woman.

I cry and laugh and everything in between.
I can and will share my inner being.

Friend, confidante, lover, leader

I am a woman.

I am a willow in the wind
I do not break
I bend.
I walk with grace, full of life.
Head held high
Through the strife.

I am a woman.

So say it proud,
Say it true
Let them hear our voice
Chant it, speak it, be it
Do not lie
Own it, love it, feel it
Whisper it with a sigh

Sing it
to the heavens.

I am a woman

I own my burdens.
Head held high
Back straight- pointing at the sky.
I share my burdens
and between you and I
the load is lightened

And so now I can cry:
I am woman!

and I touch the sky.

Krista Long (c)2005