Mother, give me the sun.
This poem began writing itself in my head around 3:00 this morning. I tried in vain to go back to sleep. Finally, I got up and put pencil to paper. Here’s what came out.
This poem is dedicated to my sisters, whose stories fill my heart with ache, and whom I pray for today.
By Lani Axman
When I hear
A baby cry,
An invisible vibration of longing
Penetrates my mortal shell,
Gliding through flesh and bone
Like a delicate silver thread.
It throbs with urgency
As it wraps around
A hundred million
Bursting with a deafening silence,
Pull me from my sleep
Like newborns in the night,
Their silent voices throb,
“Cry for us,
Scream for us,
When I created “Our Sister’s Keepers” as an event a few weeks ago, my original goal was to get a million people to join me in spiritual solidarity today, June 2. We’re now at 1,227 participants based on the facebook event page’s stats. But perhaps, like me, those who are participating have children. And perhaps, like mine, those children will be joining our effort. That could significantly increase our numbers.
But, as I told my husband last night, “It doesn’t matter how many people are with us.” Even if it was only two people or ten people, it would be no less significant. Our “widow’s mite” is enough. I told my husband that I know our spirit sisters will be grateful for our efforts, regardless of our numbers, and I got that familiar tickle in my nose that usually comes before the tears. My husband said, “There’s your million.” And my eyes filled with water. I said, “A hundred million.”
We are joined by many today. Legions. Full of love and hope.
You can help bring an end to gendercide:
- Watch and tell your friends about the film, “It’s a Girl.”
- Donate to Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, a group “working on the ground in China to protect women who are hiding to escape forced abortions and giving much-needed financial help to mothers of baby girls.” Women’s Rights Without Frontiers has been called the “leading voice” to expose forced abortion, gendercide and sexual slavery in China.
- Donate booties/money or host a baby bootie making party for the Gendercide Awareness Project’s future art display.
- Sign the petitions to end gendercide in India and China.
- Be a billboard. Wear girl-saving gear.