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Birth and Death and Things that go bump in the night

Birth and Death and Things that go bump in the night.

This is what children need to know, and we adults have mostly forgotten

How to live until we die.

Sacredness of nature
Sacredness of life
Sacredness of death
Sacredness of moving the spirit of the deceased one on to the light
Every one,
Every person
Is a mystic
Listen listen listen
To one’s own song
Listen listen listen
To one’s own heart

Is that you auntie? When I hear the wind
Is that you grandma? When the technical does not work
We will learn to honor and remember the dead.
Re member those gone before us
Into those coming along into our shoes
Walking the path
The gentle path
The knowing path
The proud path

Honor birth
Honor death
Fear it not

This story was written for World Pulse’s Girls Transform the World Digital Action Campaign.

World Pulse believes that women's stories, recommendations, and collective rising leadership can—and will—bring girls greater access to education which will transform their lives, their families, and communities. The Girls Transform Campaign elicits insightful content from young women on the ground, strengthens their confidence as women, and ensures that influencers and powerful institutions hear their stories.
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Something I think about a lot.
It saddens me to see how women in some communities eat pray and do regular chores with no complains - waiting for death. Their way of dealing with pain, atrocities against them, and discontent is to pray and wait for death.

Death for sure is an eventuality that can be only a second away or year and years away. We need to live until we die instead of giving in without a fight.



Beverly Rose's picture

Dear Rahmana, What a

Dear Rahmana,

What a beautiful poem! thank you for sharing this. I see from your profile that you are a midwife - thank you for doing this noble work. I agree that children (and adults!) need to learn those things. But I wonder your perspective on education for girls, whether it be in your country of birth, or the US. Is it accessible and equal to that boys? If not, why not? Let us know your thoughts.

In peace,

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