I found this poem and image on Facebook this morning. Powerful, beyond words. It stirred my soul into believing that this is what a frightful Covid-ruled world is demanding from us, especially women. Mindfulness, empathy, community, a new humanity.
“The old threads are unraveling,
Get your needles ready.
We are stitching a new quilt
Bring your old t-shirts,worn out jeans,
scarves,antique gowns, aprons,old pockets of plenty
who have held Earth’s treasures,stones,
feathers, leaves,love notes on paper.
A mindful meditation.
Each piece of material
The more colour the better,so call in the Tribes.
Threads of browns, whites,reds, oranges
Women from all nations
Let’s recycle the hate, the abuse,the fear, the judgment.
Turn it over, wash it clean,ring it out to dry.
It’s a revolutionof recycled wears.
Threads of greens, blues, purples
Colourful threadsof peace, kindness,respect, compassionare being stitched
from one continent to the next
over forests, oceans, mountains.
The work is hard
Your fingers may bleed.
But each cloth stitched together
Brings together a community.
A world, our future world
Under one colourful quilt.
The new quilt of humanity.”