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 love

of belonging

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?

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