|Vol. V, No. 3, Winter 1992|
These are the stones
of our mothers' grandmothers
who lay down
having borne thirteen children, and buried four;
having raised homes,
and lost them to fire and flood;
having ministered to sick,
and been consumed by their diseases;
who lay down,
with raw hands across their breast.
so their children
could plant stones upon them:
|They were wise and noble, we were told.
They were beasts of burden, we cried.
And now, at the stones,
we seek the counsel
of our wise and noble
Sarahs and Kates and Ruths and Rebeccas.
We will not shoulder
your ancient burden,
but tell us please.
What is to be written on our stones?
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