What we celebrate 

On this day
for women let’s

recognize women

the world over

who rise in the dark

to gather wood

for heat and for

the bit of food

they manage to

win by

their sweat

and determination

and intelligence–

all for

those they love.
On this day

for women let’s

see the beauty

in the woman who

does not conform

to conventional

“pretty” forms.

Let the scales fall

from our eyes

to appreciate

all sizes

ages

skin-tones

let us see sexiness

in vitality and

wisdom
On this day

for women let’s

hush our own babble

and the noise of

commerce

and thirsty greed

to listen

to hear

the woman’s voice

into speech.

Let that voice

challenge and inform

and inspire.
And on this

day for women

let us have courage

to touch the hand

of the stranger

in compassion

and allow

our deepest yearning

for connection

and love

to be

our guide.

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