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Happy International Women’s Day!

In honor of women and girls everywhere, I am sharing a poem, “Our Womanist Spirit” I wrote in 2002. It is included in my book, That Which Awakens Me: A Creative Woman’s Poetic Memoir of Self-Discovery (available an e-book and paperback on Amazon).

Our Womanist Spirit by Ananda Leeke

Human skin decorates the universe in a rainbow of shades.

Red, Black, Brown, Beige, Yellow and White.

Diverse cultures beautify Mother Earth.

When women look in the mirror, we see each other as one in the same …
daughters of a loving Creator.

We are sisters … connected as one … sharing the same womanist spirit …
expressing it in many different ways.

We are a chosen people, a royal priestess-hood, a holy universe of individuals belonging to One Spirit and each other.

Beloved, we are unified.

You are me. I am you. We are each other.

What we think, say and do affects the whole.

We honor our oneness when we live at our highest level …

When we live our truth … LOVE.

Our spiritual, gender, ethnic, and cultural identities help us appreciate our connection to each other and the human family.

They bridge the gap of surface appearances, destroy false and misleading labels, overcome personal prejudices, and defy societal and institutional divisions of madness.

When we step outside of this bag of tricks, we realize that we breathe in the same air …

feel the same warmth from the sun …

bask in the same moon glow …

sing and dance to nature’s rhythm …

dream and manifest infinite feminine possibilities …

envision a better life …

make it possible by giving the gift of peace …

orchestrate new beginnings when resources are low …

pioneer and lead the path when directions are obscure …

cry tears of joy as we birth and raise the next

generation of magnificent children …

create the soul’s language in art, music and words …

heal hearts, bodies and minds …

elevate the planet’s consciousness with right thoughts and actions …

bless each other with abundance …

communicate authentically …

serve as light bearers …

love deeply …

forgive compassionately …

pray continuously and give thanks in our own special ways.

We, my sisters are threads of a great quilt masterpiece, woven especially by the Almighty and deposited for safekeeping in all women’s hearts.

Copyright © 2002 by Madelyn C. Leeke. All Rights Reserved.

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