For Strong Women

 “For Strong Women”

Excerpts of this poem are from the collection The Moon Is Always Female by Marge Piercy.

A strong woman is a woman who loves
strongly and weeps strongly and is stronglyterrified and has strong needs. A strong woman is strongstrongwomen

in words, in action, in connection, in feeling;
she is not strong as a stone but as a wolf
suckling her young. Strength is not in her, but she enacts it as the wind fills a sail.


What comforts her is others loving
her equally for the strength and for the weakness
from which it issues, lightning from a cloud.


Strong is what we make
each other. Until we are all strong together,
a strong woman is a woman strongly afraid.


Photographs from Thrums Books: Faces of Tradition: Weaving Elders of the Andes; Maya Threads: A Woven History of Chiapas; Rug Money

1 thoughts on “For Strong Women

  1. Mary Elting says:

    Your writing inspires me. Looking at these women makes me wish to know them, hear their stories and see there weaving. Nicely done.

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