Poets’ Corner: Woman


She stands proud,

Feet planted firmly

On Mother Earth.

Co-parent of the human race,

Doctor, lawyer, teacher,

Scientist and CEO.

Dreamer of dreams

And grasper of opportunity.

She stands proud.

Waitress, philanthropist,

Bus driver, construction worker.

Sometimes tired but not bowed,

A bulwark between her children

And homelessness, hunger,

Sickness, fear, and hate.

She stands proud.  Dancer, poet, secretary,

Single mother, and lesbian,

Affirming her convictions

Of equality for all,

The right to one’s decisions,

Fending off those who

Criticize her choice of lifestyle.

She stands proud.

Astronaut, mathematician,

Single woman, wife,

Reaching out, not in greed,

But in compassion

For all women everywhere

Who speak out, rejoice and weep,

Who fight for education

And a better life for themselves

And the children of the world.

She stands proud,

Feet firmly planted

On Mother Earth.

Barbara Peckham has lived on Martha’s Vineyard since 2001. A retired teacher, in 2011 she published a book of poetry, “A Jar of Summer.”