Red shawl dance

Stand up
when they dance
in jingle dresses
for healing

red shawls
brush earth
to remember blood
bright as red ocher
our sisters gave back

hold hands
and stand for women
who laid down
but got up again
and the ones that did not

their hearts
did not  stay on the ground

inspired by this.

About Susan L Daniels

I am a firm believer that politics are personal, that faith is expressed through action, and that life is something that must be loved and lived authentically--or why bother with any of it?
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25 Responses to Red shawl dance

  1. The Enfant Terrible says:

    WOW! What a piece… I feel so uplifted after having read that. Even though the subject matter is difficult, you have managed to capture the essence of a resilient spirit in the face of oppression. Brilliant!

  2. Reblogged this on P.E.A.C.E. and commented:
    An excellent piece of writing about resilience in the face of adversity and abject violence against women.

  3. nelle says:

    This… is the true stand your ground.

  4. Alice Keys says:

    Showing, not telling. I must do this more. Thanks, Susan for leading the way.

  5. doncarroll says:

    very strong and packed with a punch. i’d assume the “red shawl” could be a reference as in sacrifice, but yet also see it as native American Culture too.

  6. Powerful Susan. A clear, needed voice.

  7. Reminded me of Margaret Atwood’s “The Handmaid’s Tale”…

  8. JodetteP says:

    I hear your voice 🙂
    This is inspiration and encouragement at a higher level!

  9. annotating60 says:

    I thought it a very nice piece–particularly if take out the political stuff–if you want to write a poem about boredom, don’t write a boring poem. Likewise if you want to write to move them politicalkly don’t use politics to do it–then it its simply propaganda and not art.

  10. BroadBlogs says:

    Wonderful, Susan.

    You know, it works for women’s history month, too.

  11. janehewey says:

    I read your inspiration by Louise Erdich. She is a remarkable writer. I like the certainty of your last stanza. This poem stands strong.

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