should teach their daughters
how we are of unconditional worth
how to practice self care
how to mother our own being from within.
who cast out their daughters into exile
who starve them of food
of the lessons on how to be a woman
are not wise to be called mothers at all.
Giving birth does not determine motherhood
it is nourishing the becoming alive.
How naive to think
we can count with our fingers
the number of growing women and girls
we are asked to nurture.
Here’s where we are different,
mother, you and I.
Where you seek to destroy the weeds
I water the roots
expose them to sunlight
and exhibit the spectacle of beauty and power
from every combined wildflower in the world.
Is that not why she is called Mother Earth?