“We Gather” – A poem that picks-up the heart beat of WMAD

We Gather

Women of the world gather

beside running streams under shade trees

in clean rooms churches classrooms slums

washing clothes fetching water cooking baking working

eager to talk listen share learn.

Women of the world gather

to hope dream plan as their children arrive

born into an amazing world of abundance beauty love

food shelter enough for all animals fishes birds people.

Women of the world gather

to weep for others when bodies or feelings are injured

illness death claim loved ones regardless of wealth or poverty.

Women of the world gather

learning knowing understanding humans children are innocent prey

subject to geography inequality famine ignorance wars.

As women of the world we gather

praying for the strength and purpose to be

Women Making a Difference.


Maeve Omstead Johnston