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Poetry Friday: Honoring the Free, the Wise, the Strong, and the Magical Women

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Group of women in oil painting.
Group of women in oil painting.

Hello. Fats here.

My Poetry Friday offering for today is an excerpt from Pearl Cleage’s poem, We Speak Your Names. I discovered it through the Wild and Wise Women page on Facebook. The poem celebrates womanhood and the gift of sisterhood. Click here to read a longer excerpt of the poem. Poetry Friday round-up is made possible this week by the wise and talented Tabatha Yeatts of The Opposite of Indifference.

Because we are free women,
born of free women,
who are born of free women,
back as far as time begins,
we celebrate your freedom.

Because we are wise women,
born of wise women,
who are born of wise women,
we celebrate your wisdom.

Because we are strong women,
born of strong women,
who are born of strong women,
we celebrate your strength.

Because we are magical women,
born of magical women,
who are born of magical women,
we celebrate your magic.

[…]

We are here to speak your names
because you taught us that the search is always for
the truth
and that when people show us who they are, we
should always believe them.

We are here because you taught us
that sisterspeak can continue to be our native
tongue,
no matter how many languages we learn as we
move about as citizens of the world
and of the ever-evolving universe.

Click on the image to be taken to the interview with Filipino novelist and women's rights activist, Madam Ninotchka Rosca.
Click on the image to be taken to the interview with Filipino novelist and women’s rights activist, Madam Ninotchka Rosca.
Dr. Jane Goodall with orphan chimpanzee Uruhara at the JGI Sweetwaters Sanctuary for orphan chimpanzees in Kenya. 1996. Click on the image to be taken to the websource.
Dr. Jane Goodall with orphan chimpanzee Uruhara at the JGI Sweetwaters Sanctuary for orphan chimpanzees in Kenya. 1996. Click on the image to be taken to the websource.
8th January 1993: Headshot portrait of African-American author Maya Angelou wearing black sweater with a pearl necklace, smiling and holding flowers in one hand. (Photo by Stephen Matteson Jr/New York Times Co./Getty Images) Click on the image to be taken to the websource.
8th January 1993: Headshot portrait of African-American author Maya Angelou wearing black sweater with a pearl necklace, smiling and holding flowers in one hand. (Photo by Stephen Matteson Jr/New York Times Co./Getty Images) Click on the image to be taken to the websource.

Fats is the Assistant Manager for Circulation Services at the Wayne County Public Library in Wooster, Ohio. She considers herself a reader of all sorts, although she needs to work on her non-fiction reading. Fats likes a good mystery but is not too fond of thrillers. She takes book hoarding seriously and enjoys collecting bookmarks and tote bags. When she is not reading, Fats likes to shop pet apparel for her cat Penny (who absolutely loathes it).

14 comments on “Poetry Friday: Honoring the Free, the Wise, the Strong, and the Magical Women

  1. Wonderful, Fats! I love this “you taught us/that sisterspeak can continue to be our native/tongue,” There is a bond, isn’t there, of who we are and how we live? Thanks for the photos too, so full of joy.

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    • Fats Suela

      Hi Linda! Yes, it is this special language that connects women across the globe. Glad you like the photos! =)

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  2. Hello, Fats! I also love the use of the word “sisterspeak.” I heard a spoken word artist (male) read a poem last night, apologizing for how women are treated as *less than* around the world. Powerful stuff.

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    • Fats Suela

      Hello, Laura! Oh, I love spoken word poetry, and that must have been a beautiful piece. It is heartbreaking to read stories – fact or fiction, though they’re mostly fact – about women not being treated properly. Good to know a man has delivered a powerful message to the audience.

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  3. Thank you for sharing this inspiring poem. Terrific photos, Fats!

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  4. Tara Smith

    Sisterspeak – yes, we need more of it! Thank you for sharing this gift of a poem with us today.

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    • Fats Suela

      Hello, Tara! Yes, we need more of it, and more women should recognize the magic/power/strength that sisterspeak posseses. =)

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  5. “the search is always for the truth”

    Thanks for this inspiring, empowering post, Fats!

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  6. YES! I also love these lines (in the longer version):

    “We know that we are walking in footprints made
    deep by the confident strides
    of women who parted the air before them like the
    forces of nature that you are.”

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    • Fats Suela

      Hello, Michelle! Those are beautiful lines, too! So much to love about a poem that honors and values women. =)

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  7. I immediately thought of Maya Angelou as I read the poem, even before I scrolled through to her picture! (Mother Teresa would be a good addition to the group!)

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    • Fats Suela

      Hi, Mary! Oh, yes, Mother Teresa is definitely a wise and strong woman. There are so many other women, whether or not they are famous, that would be a good addition to the group – that includes you and me! 😉

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