Happy International Womens Day 2016
to All Women and Men
Greetings on this glorious International Womens Day 2016 that so many struggled for since the loss of the woman-centered civilizations and cultures millenniums ago. Yes, scholars, anthropologists, theoreticians and dreamers say that once people lived on earth in woman-centered societies without wars; shared the work and joys of living, loving and worshipping Mother Nature. Then, came the patriarchal invaders with their concept of private property, slavery and the many social and ecological evils we suffer from today.
This holiday began in the USA in 1908 when over 1500, mainly immigrant women workers marched down the New York City streets demanding fair pay and worker’s rights. Even earlier, the great abolitionist and women’s rights advocate, Sojourner truth was saying “Ain’t I A Woman?” demanding Black women’s freedom and equality. The women workers of Lawrence Massachusetts sang loud and clear ” The rising of the women, means the rising of the race… bread and roses.” I hope you find these poems above – my red roses for you, today.
Performing my poems celebrating International Women’s Month with Sascha Jacobsen’s Musical Art Quintet made for a euphoric experience. I accompanied Sascha’s Quintet, with guest pianist Cesar Cancion, at Salle Piano in San Francisco on International Women’s Day, March 8, 2014. The sensuality and rich beauty of the Quintet’s music created a magic carpet that carried me away to other realms whose only entrance is through music. The musicians’ skill and passion supported and transported me, giving me freedom to perform it fully.