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On Men, Women, Guns, War, Politics, And Power... 'Democratic Womanism' - A Poem by Alice Walker

Democratic Womanism - A Woman's Vision - A Poem by Alice Walker
by mimi - DailyKos
FRI SEP 28, 2012 AT 08:12 PM PDT

"Democratic Womanism"

You ask me why I smile
when you tell me you intend
in the coming national elections
to hold your nose
and vote for the lesser of two evils.

There are more than two evils out there,
is one reason I smile.

Another is that our old buddy Nostradamus
comes to mind, with his fearful
400 year old prophecy: that our world
and theirs too
(our "enemies" – lots of kids included there)
will end (by nuclear nakba or holocaust)
in our lifetime. Which makes the idea of elections
and the billions of dollars wasted on them
somewhat fatuous.

A Southerner of Color,
my people held the vote
very dear
while others, for centuries,
merely appeared to play
with it.

One thing I can assure
you of is this:
I will never betray such pure hearts
by voting for evil
even if it were microscopic
which, as you can see in any newscast
no matter the slant,
it is not.

I want something else;
a different system
entirely.
One not seen
on this earth
for thousands of years. If ever.
Democratic Womanism.

Notice how this word has "man" right in the middle of it?
That’s one reason I like it. He is right there, front and center. But he is surrounded.
I want to vote and work for a way of life
that honors the feminine;
a way that acknowledges
the theft of the wisdom
female and dark Mother leadership
might have provided our spaceship
all along.

I am not thinking
of a talking head
kind of gal:
happy to be mixing
it up
with the baddest
bad boys
on the planet
her eyes a slit
her mouth a zipper.

No, I am speaking of true
regime change.

Where women rise
to take their place
en masse
at the helm
of earth’s frail and failing ship;

where each thousand years
of our silence
is examined
with regret,
and the cruel manner in which our values
of compassion and kindness
have been ridiculed
and suppressed
brought to bear on the disaster
of the present time.

The past must be examined closely, I believe, before we can leave
it there.
I am thinking of Democratic, and, perhaps
Socialist, Womanism.
For who else knows so deeply
how to share but Mothers
and Grandmothers? Big sisters
and Aunts?

To love
and adore
both female and male?
Not to mention those in between.
To work at keeping
the entire community
fed, educated
and safe?

Democratic womanism,
Democratic Socialist
Womanism,
would have as its icons
such fierce warriors
for good as
Vandana Shiva
Aung San Suu Kyi,
Wangari Maathai
Harriet Tubman
Yoko Ono
Frida Kahlo
Angela Davis
& Barbara Lee:
With new ones always rising, wherever you look.


<Alice Walker talking to Amy Goodman>

You are also on this list, but it is so long (Isis would appear midway) that I must stop or be unable to finish the poem! So just know I’ve stood you in a circle that includes Marian Wright Edelman, Amy Goodman, Sojourner Truth, Gloria Steinem and Mary McLeod Bethune. John Brown, Frederick Douglass, John Lennon and Howard Zinn are there. Happy to be surrounded!

There is no system
There is no system
now in place
that can change
the disastrous course
the Earth is on.
Who can doubt this?

The male leaders
of Earth
appear to have abandoned
their very senses
though most appear
to live now
entirely
in their heads.

They murder humans and other
animals
forests and rivers and mountains
every day
they are in office
and never seem
to notice it.

They eat and drink devastation.
Women of the world,
Women of the world,
Is this devastation Us?
Would we kill whole continents for oil
(or anything else)
rather than limit
the number of consumer offspring we produce
and learn how to make our own fire?

Democratic Womanism.
Democratic Socialist Womanism.

A system of governance
we can dream and imagine and build together. One that recognizes
at least six thousand years
of brutally enforced complicity
in the assassination
of Mother Earth, but foresees six thousand years
ahead of us when we will not submit.

What will we need? A hundred years
at least to plan: (five hundred will be handed us
gladly
when the planet is scared enough)
in which circles of women meet,
organize ourselves, and,
allied with men
brave enough to stand with women,
men brave enough to stand with women,
nurture our planet to a degree of health.

And without apology —-
(impossible to make
a bigger mess than has been made already) -—
devote ourselves, heedless of opposition,
to tirelessly serving and resuscitating Our Mother ship
and with gratitude
for Her care of us
worshipfully commit
to
rehabilitating it.


Found Here: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/09/28/1137750/-Democratic-Womanism-A-Woman-s-Vision-A-Poem-by-Alice-Walker#





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Reply On Men, Women, Guns, War, Politics, And Power... 'Democratic Womanism' - A Poem by Alice Walker (Original post)
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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 09:15 PM

1. I'm stunned

!!!

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Response to libodem (Reply #1)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 09:39 PM

2. I Was Too... Had Never Heard It Before... Amy Goodman Had It As Part Of Her End Of The Year Prog...

I was blown away...and TOTALLY AGREE !!!




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Response to WillyT (Reply #2)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 09:51 PM

3. I love it

It sums up so much of how I feel about life.

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Response to libodem (Reply #3)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 10:00 PM

4. I Gotta Admit... This Is The Second Time I've Posted This In A Week Or Two...

And you'd think this would get greater response.

I really don't get it.



Unless... DU has a disdain for poetry... or Alice Walker...





Thanks libodem.




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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 10:25 PM

5. Um... Hello ???

Opinions ???


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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 11:02 PM

6. I used the new feature of being able to hide a post based on a key word in the title...

My key words are "gun" and "guns" so sorry I missed this and thanks so much for posting it.

Love ya WillyT.

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Response to Luminous Animal (Reply #6)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 11:15 PM

8. Anytime Luminous... And As Much As I Am Tempted... No Ignore, No Trash...All On The Record...

Doesn't mean have to read it... or respond.








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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 11:13 PM

7. K&R!

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 11:17 PM

9. Fantastic....planting a seed......n/t

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 11:22 PM

10. Maybe some here have evolved away from "Gender Solutions" to Save our Planet

...Humanity...work to Solving our Problems.

Gender Identity is becoming a thing of the past. We Humankind must learn to work together...color blind, indentity blind, gender blind. All Together

There are as many folks who manage to achieve Enormous POWER who can be Evil Doers no matter their Gender, Skin Color, Sexual Identification, Religious Affiliation or Non-Reliigious Affiliation, Social Class Standing (whether Poor, Middle Class or Top 1%) who work against the Common People and for Wars and Profiteering that goes against the majority of the People's rights that Alice Walkers and Poets of Past era's words which were so profound at the time...ring hollow to many of us these days.

It's about US...WE THE PEOPLE...not trying to work to get "More and Better of some Group or Other into Power.

That's what I think, honestly...since you asked.

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 11:35 PM

11. K&R

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 11:53 PM

12. Alice Walker is advocating a matriarchal society--I've argued with people about this

notion. I agree with the main theme of this poem--if women were in charge there would most likely be less violence and the priorities would revolve around healthcare, education, childcare, nurturing each individual, and yet, there wouldn't be a lack of justice, as portrayed by certain mythological goddesses who have a warrior aspect.

Some people rightly argue that women leaders would bring a host of other problems, but I would rather have those problems as opposed to the issues that a patriarchy brings--for example, violence and aggression. Women tend to be cooperative, like a pride of lions. Men tend to be less cooperative and tend to act more independently sometimes with less concern for the "whole".

What I've written sounds so stereotypical, but I do think think Walker's staunch feminism is apparent in this poem and she is seeking a society that is not run by both men and women, but primarily women. She obviously views the earth itself as the Mother Goddess and the women of the planet, a reflection of Her.

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 12:48 AM

13. We need balance between the masculine and feminine.

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 01:13 AM

14. thank you for this post, willyT

a paiute medicine man said similar at a 19+1 medicine wheel gathering in the spring of 2004.



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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 01:50 AM

15. So elections are a waste of money because of the predictions of Nostradamus?

And she won't even vote for microscopic evil?

Then she won't ever vote for a human being, because every one of us is flawed; and I have never met a human -- male or female -- who is incapable of "microscopic evil."

I have several of her wonderful books, but this poem doesn't move me.

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 03:37 AM

16. That was beautiful.

Thanks for sharing.

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Response to WillyT (Original post)

Sat Jan 12, 2013, 03:43 AM

17. . to find later . nt

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