ordain women

forbid her name, deny her grace,
turn your back while they displace
the mother from her sacred space
and pull her down till every trace
of her is gone. and then erase
the record of her power in case
her daughters ask to see her face
and restore wisdom to her place.



  1. Reply
    Ashley March 19, 2014

    This is beautiful. I really, really love it. Thank you.

    • Reply
      Emily March 19, 2014

      You’re very kind to say so, Ashley!

  2. Reply
    Kristi March 19, 2014

    EVERYONE in the fMh/ymf Facebook groups is fan-girling over you right now, Emily. YOU DA WOMAN!

  3. Reply
    Amy March 19, 2014

    I cannot love this enough.So stunning. So beautiful.

  4. Reply
    Erin March 19, 2014

    I love this so much, Emily.

  5. Reply
    Catherine March 19, 2014

    The grace and dignity of this post astound me. If you were to create a print version of this, I would buy it.

  6. Reply
    Sister Murphy March 19, 2014

    Fresh courage take. You share a beautiful message of love and hope. Thank you.

  7. Reply
    Al March 20, 2014

    Great monorhyme.

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    Brandy March 20, 2014


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    ErinAnn March 20, 2014

    I LOVE IT!!! Beautiful in so many ways.

  10. Reply
    Carole Warburton March 20, 2014

    This is absolutely beautiful. Thanks!

  11. Reply
    Carrie Ann March 20, 2014

    Thank you for sharing! That was beautiful!

  12. Reply
    Marion October 31, 2014

    eight lines that capture her absence.
    poignant. transformative. thank you!

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