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The Hand on the Loom

Yesterday's Poetry Fishbowl had a fascinating theme: 'Influential women'. A series of prompts combined in inspiring ysabetwordsmith to write Rarely Well Behaved .

While I like her work and I get her point, I must admit that I have trouble with the last verse, because, well one can be a good girl and sit at the loom because she doesn't know any better, but one can also choose freely to do it, not waiving any right in the process.

So, following the age-old tradition of answering a poem with a poem, here is mine

They say: “ It’s out of fashion”,
“ You are limiting yourself” they say,

“ You could be so much more”,
“you are throwing away our  efforts”.

They feel diminished somehow,
these proud women of progress

that one of us could, knowingly,
choose to be ‘just a housewife’.

But I’m not ‘just’ anything, sisters.
I choose the path I walk on, just like you;

With my eyes open, with my weapons ready.
I know my strenghts, my weaknesses.

I am here, building my home no matter what,
Guarding and preserving what I do love

With all my powers of mind and body
Just like you do, in your own way.

If you fight for the right to choose, sisters,
Then respect mine, just to begin.

Why is for some so hard to believe
That I know what I’m doing,

That home, and husband, and children
Are just what I want and need for myself.

Just as you fight your war outside
I fight for my cause right here

One thought at time, one word at time,
Raising my children to be decent people

Who think, who question, who love,
who can choose their own path

Being there as a mother, a teacher
An equal partner with a brain, a soul

And hands that are at ease in the kitchen
And on the looom, because there is where

My talents lie. Why should I pretend
Otherwise to make you happy, sister?

It was known once, long ago,
The old ones had it right:

“ The woman at the loom, one thread at time,
may weave the fate of nations”.

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( 11 comments — Leave a comment )
Nov. 8th, 2012 09:08 pm (UTC)
Marvelous! I enjoyed the original poem, but this answer to it really works for me on a personal level, too.
Nov. 8th, 2012 09:27 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Ellen. :)
I'm glad because the image that came to mind with 'I am here, building my home no matter what' was you.
Nov. 9th, 2012 02:33 am (UTC)
This is a very thoughtful counterpoint. I have linked to it.
Nov. 9th, 2012 04:46 am (UTC)
Re: Yay!
Ooooooh! Song for you both!

Eleanor Roosevelt's Knitting, by talis_kimberley...

Because sometimes it's *both*. :)

Nov. 9th, 2012 12:44 pm (UTC)
Re: Yay!
Oh, lovely!

And yes, quite often it is both.
Nov. 9th, 2012 11:08 pm (UTC)
sometimes it's *both*
Nov. 9th, 2012 12:44 pm (UTC)
Re: Yay!
Thank you, Elizabeth. :)
Nov. 9th, 2012 08:25 am (UTC)
This is true. As a feminist, I must support the right of ALL women to make their own decisions. Even when it's not the decision I'd make. Even when I think it's a bad decision. I can counsel, I can provide information, but at the end of the day, if I believe that women have the right to make their own decisions, I can't then turn around and say, "but not THAT one."

(Note: I do not mean by this that I am obliged to help a woman make a decision that I feel is a poor one, only that my right to object has limits.)
Nov. 9th, 2012 12:48 pm (UTC)
Thank you.

Yes to everything, I too am often in a position in which I'm called to explain and inform women who must make some choices, and it's hard at times to remember that, no matter how I feel about it, it's *their* choice to make, but an imposed, forced choice is a resented one.

Edited at 2012-11-09 12:49 pm (UTC)
Nov. 9th, 2012 03:19 pm (UTC)
That's lovely: thank you.
Nov. 9th, 2012 03:33 pm (UTC)
Thank you, I'm happy you like it. :)
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