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.

Art by by Yulia Ustinova, a Russian sculptor who chrochets. In Russian uneducated, ungroomed women are called Tekti. In inteviews the artist prefers to call them plumpies. Ordinary women doing great things. More of here awesome work included below.

“The old threads are unraveling,

Get your needles ready.

We are stitching a new quilt

of Humanity.

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.

Each stitch

A mindful meditation.

Each piece of material

A story.

The more colour the better,so call in the Tribes.

Threads of browns, whites,reds, oranges

Women from all nations

start stitching.

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.”

—Julia Myers