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Life on the Deckle Edge

Poetry Friday: "We as Women" Suffrage Movement Poem (& Etsy workshop plug)


Greetings, Poetry Lovers! Just thought with the current state of current affairs, it wouldn't hurt to keep nodding back to those fiesty, courageous suffragettes during this season of celebrating the centennial of the 19th Amendment. 


I usually share the first part of longer older poems, linking to the rest. But today I just had to share the last part of this one by by Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935).  Best known for her short story, "The Yellow Wallpaper," she also published two poetry collections, including Suffrage Songs and Verses (The Charlton Company, 1911).


From "We As Women"



But wait, warm-hearted sisters–
Not quite so fast, so far.
Tell me how we are going to lift a thing
Any higher than we are!


We are going to "purify politics,"
And to "elevate the press."
We enter the foul paths of the world
To sweeten and cleanse and bless.


To hear the high things we are going to do,
And the horrors of man we tell,
One would think, "We, as women," were angels,
And our brothers were fiends of hell.


We, that were born of one mother,
And reared in the self-same place,
In the school and the church together,
We of one blood, one race!


Now then, all forward together!
But remember, every one,
That 'tis not by feminine innocence
The work of the world is done.


The world needs strength and courage,
And wisdom to help and feed–
When, "We, as women" bring these to man,
We shall lift the world indeed.


To read the whole poem with its proper, full, first half - click here.


And, the completely unrelated and blatantly shameless promotional picture below those ancestral sisters marching in 1913?  That's me, just getting the word out that I'm offering three online workshops this September after participating in trainings to be an "Etsy U" instructor.  If you or someone you know has an Etsy shop and might be interested in some Etsy-generated tips, march on over to artsyletters.com, where you'll find more info and registration links.  


But, of course, FIRST -- March your way to Beyond Literacy Link, where the ever forward-thinking Carol has our Roundup this week, and selections of soul-nourishing art and poetry.  Thank you, Carol!

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