No, you aren’t fighting just for your people, The Kurdish Braves, But for all of us, The 51 percent – The 100 percent.
A point in a Life
I gather strength from traveling alone
I gather strength from being married and divorced,
married and divorced.
I gather strength from mothering
I gather strength from building homes.
I gather strength from friendships,
from living by myself.
I gather strength from changing –
I gather strength from dealing with money as needed.
It took a while, but I gathered strength from understanding Mom couldn’t give more than she did
that hurts inflicted by silly teenagers don’t really matter.
I gather strength from my different fields of knowledge.
I gather strength (and angst) from living in the unsolvable quagmire of the Middle East,
the world’s Bubbling Center,
constantly pondering the whys,
seeking a meaning.
I gather strength from living in the first and third worlds
abroad and back
from being in Cultures
from languages acquired.
I gather strength from choosing, erring, moving on,
choosing, erring, moving on…
I enhance my strength by taking the Golden Path,
by not being fanatic,
by being womanly flexible.
I feed my soul by taking roads less travelled.
I get empowered by keeping politically informed
telling fake news from real
protesting on the streets
writing political on Facebook
attempting to tell what’s important,
writing my Blog.
I gather strength from festivals and like-minded crowds,
from empathy with far-away people,
from acknowledging my fears, worries, anxieties.
I gather strength from 68 years of life.
I build resilience by moving my body and relaxing it
by feeling pain and forgetting about it,
by walking, swimming, exercising,
by trying to heal naturally.
I tie with my deeper self by acknowledging I am expert at nothing yet have lived fully.
I get empowered vicariously through sisters
reporting love, care, courage from distant war zones,
I build up my primal force from water,
I build up my primal force from breathing
growing side by side with my daughters..
I build up primal force from my personal spiritual salad,
from my Sexuality
I built up primal force by giving births
I derive primal power from exiled Goddesses
prehistoric woman-centered societies
Earth, galaxies, the micro-worlds
I derive my primal force from whatever shape this body-mind has at the moment
co-creating, dancing with the elements.
I derive power from Doing and Doing
I derive power from Not Doing
I derive power from Being…
Yom Kippur 2022