Children can go astray

Sometimes I worry about my son, I ask myself, why what have I done? I gave him love, I gave him life. Why does he hurt me? Why do I cry? One day, I was burdened, felt helpless and sad, I opened up a book and read what it said. […]

woman’s Right

You cannot rob us of the rights we cherish, Nor turn our thoughts away From the bright picture of a “Woman’s Mission” Our hearts portray. We claim to dwell, in quiet and seclusion, Beneath the household roof,– From the great world’s harsh strife, and jarring voices, To stand aloof;– Not […]


She rejoices in God with a grateful heart and a joyful spirit She possesses the ability to genuinely say to another woman: “I admire your qualities and attributes” She is blessed with the gift of giving and a willingness to help others She consoles others even though she too is […]

Woman Work

I’ve got the children to tend The clothes to mend The floor to mop The food to shop Then the chicken to fry The baby to dry I got company to feed The garden to weed I’ve got shirts to press The tots to dress The can to be cut […]

In all ways a woman

In my young years I took pride in the fact that luck was called a lady. In fact, there were so few public acknowledgments of the female presence that I felt personally honored whenever nature and large ships were referred to as feminine. But as I matured, I began to […]

Ours to plough not to plunder

The earth is ours to plough and plant The hoe is her barber the dibble her dimple Out with mattocks and matches bring calabash trays and rocking baskets let the sweat which swells earthroot relieve heavy heaps of their tuberous burdens let wheatfields raise their breadsome hands to the ripening […]

The Room of My Life

Here, in the room of my life the objects keep changing. Ashtrays to cry into, the suffering brother of the wood walls, the forty-eight keys of the typewriter each an eyeball that is never shut, the books, each a contestant in a beauty contest, the black chair, a dog coffin […]

The Guest House

This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor. Welcome and entertain them all! Even if they are a crowd of sorrows, who violently sweep your house empty of its furniture, still, treat […]

Always Remember To Forget

Always remember to forget The things that made you sad But never forget to remember The things that made you glad Always remember to forget The friends that proved untrue But don’t forget to remember Those that have stuck by you Always remember to forget The troubles that have passed […]


If you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you, If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, But make allowance for their doubting too; If you can wait and not be tired by waiting, Or being lied about, don’t […]

Alone in my head

Alone in my head, I’m feeling so low, You wont understand, No one can know. My eyes are so tired, I can’t sleep at night, Your face haunts my dreams, When I turn out the light. It happened so suddenly, It happened so fast, I knew all at once, That […]