I lead the gathering at the 2019 Vallejo Women’s March Summit “Women Building Vallejo” in a call and response invocation where those gathered said “We March!” each time it appears in the piece.
These are the 10 stanzas I decided to use out of what was a 36 stanza poem. I’ll put the rest in a future book. It was an honor and a pleasure to be among so many powerful women.
A Blessing for the Women Who Pray
With Their Feet
by D.L. Lang, Vallejo Poet Laureate
It has gotten so tough
that we mothers, sisters, daughters and wives,
have declared, “Enough!”
And so we rise to march against the lies,
for we are the women who pray with our feet.
We will cling to hope, and never see defeat!
Until all hatred vanishes from this world,
so that all women are treated with respect
no matter her class or age,
religion or orientation, national origin or race,
We women of every faith and every color
from every nation regardless of station
stand together, crying out against this hatred.
While some seek to roll back the clock,
we know there is a better world to be unlocked!
Until all men decide to join with us in solidarity
like those sweet souls who have joined us here today,
recognizing that every human being
deserves respect and full equality,
not only on paper, but in practice,
We will build our world on love and justice,
and ladies, now is the time,
for us all to vote, to work, and to pray
for the dawning of this new day!
Until all women are safe from violence,
so that a woman can exist in any space without fear,
May the loving energy we feel
as our voices ring out in unison
bring forth our highest self,
may it envelope all of our sisters and brothers
who have gathered here
and echo outwards towards
those who were unable to join us.
Until no woman goes to bed
feeling thirsty nor hungry,
nor remains homeless in this or any country,
and healthcare is a necessity guaranteed to all,
For all these reasons and so many more,
we gather here as sisters
like our brave foremothers did before us
envisioning a brighter future
that we will build for her!
May every step we have taken today
bring us one step closer to that day!
May this divine energy flowing among us
grant us the strength to move forward
to keep working towards a better world
that we know will appear,
and until then,