September 2017

A baby cries

A baby cries
Amazed
To the dawn of a new day

With sleepy eyes
A mother awakes
Rising like the sun
Warmth in her caress
Rays of endless smiles
Eliminating all darkness

A kiss
A dream
A wish
And love
All before breakfast
Until the day is done

A baby cries
Itself asleep
Drifting like the moon
Contented in deep space

Even with closed eyes
The stars still sparkle

 

© Maria Josey

“A gender-equal society would be one where the word ‘gender’ does not exist: where everyone can be themselves.”*

I’ve always been aware of gender conditioning and actively tried to combat any lingering prejudices or stereotypes in my own parenting, even down to encouraging dolls with my boys when they were little. It’s great to read people writing about gender issues they’re experiencing with their kids. For too long these subjects have been discouraged or silenced. I’d love to publish some more creative writing on this topic, especially if you are struggling with a child who actively tries to move away from gender normative preferences. A society where everyone can be themselves thanks Gloria for those aspirational words.

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* Gloria Steinem