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An ode to mothers worldwide

I read this poem today, written by Julia Ward Howe as a proclamation for peace in 1870 and wanted to share it with the mothers and sisters on PulseWire whom inspire me daily. Happy Mother's Day!


Arise then...women of this day!
Arise, all women who have hearts!
Whether your baptism be of water or of tears!
Say firmly:
"We will not have questions answered by irrelevant agencies,
Our husbands will not come to us, reeking with carnage,
For caresses and applause.
Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn
All that we have been able to teach them of charity, mercy and patience.
We, the women of one country,
Will be too tender of those of another country
To allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs."
From the voice of a devastated Earth a voice goes up with
Our own. It says, "Disarm! Disarm!
The sword of murder is not the balance of justice."
Blood does not wipe our dishonor,
Nor violence indicate possession.
As men have often forsaken the plough and the anvil
At the summons of war,
Let women now leave all that may be left of home
Let them solemnly take counsel with each other as to the means
Whereby the great human family can live in peace...
Each bearing her own time the sacred impress, not of Caesar,
But of God---
In the name of womanhood and humanity, I earnestly ask
That a general congress of women without limit of nationality,
May be appointed and held at someplace deemed most convenient
And the earliest period consistent with its objects,
To promote the alliance of the different nationalities,
The amicable settlement of international questions,
The great and general interests of peace.


Luna's picture

writing Women

Here, powerful words have solemnly described a Global Women.
A coupling of XX chromosomes, be it anywhere to everywhere in the world are craved beautifully to endure pain, fight hardships, make a mere place a HOME and most important of all, make yet another Life Possible.

Thanks Jade for this effort.

JaniceW's picture


Thanks for sharing this with us all. Happy Mother's day!
Janice xx

Umme Mahbuba's picture


This is really a nice poem. Thanks for sharing.

Nusrat Ara's picture

Thanks for sharing. Love

Thanks for sharing.



Nelly2.0's picture


Beautiful words, truly an inspiration for all women.


sabina's picture

nice poem

Inspiring one, really a nice poem.

Shivalaxmi's picture

Great one!

Thank you very much for sharing this. It is really important to know ourselves what we are doing as Women and to be proud for our accomplishments!

Shivalaxmi Arumugham
Asian University for Women.

maddy's picture


Wow! What a great poem it is her voice is alive! thanks for posting it.

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