Via Hilkka Pietilš of Finland


Verse from "A Women's Creed"


A Vision of Culture of Peace


Bread. A clean sky. Active peace.

A woman's voice singing somewhere,

melody drifting like smoke from the cook fires.

The army disbanded, the harvest abundant.

The wound healed, the child wanted, the prisoner freed,

the body's integrity honored, the lover returned.

The magical skill that reads marks into meanings.

The labor equal, fair, and valued.

Delight in the challenge for consensus to solve problems.

No hand raised in anything but greeting.

Secure interiors - of heart, home, land - so firm

as to make secure borders irrelevant at last.

And everywhere laughter, care, celebration, dancing, contentment.

A humble, earthly paradise, in the now.


††††††††††† An excerpt from "A Women's Creed", written in the Women's Global Strategies Meeting in New York 1994 by Robin Morgan together with Perdita Huston, Sunetra Puri, Mahnaz Afkhami, Diane Faulkner, Corinne Kumar, Sima Wali, and Paola Melchior and 140 other women from 50 countries.

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