Apr 17 2012

The book “Demeter’s Daughters” made a great impression upon me when I read it in the 1990s.

It set me straight about feminism in Colonial America. Many people wrongly assume that feminism is a time-line with recent, progressive advances. But, as author Selma R. Williams points out, in the United States, it wasn’t until “…the end of the eighteenth century the self-sufficient, independent wife was replaced by the “lady” whose indolence, ignorance, and subservience were cultivated as the status symbol of her husband’s prosperity.”

This early 1900s postcard shows the influence of dancer
Isadora Duncan’s emphasis on free and natural movements
inspired by classical Greek art.

In truth, “Demeter’s Daughters” convincingly maintains that, “Like the ancient Greek Goddess Demeter, females of early America were responsible for supplying society with earth’s blessings: food, marriage, children – and civic harmony. The story of these women – heroines, victims, and at least a few out-and-out scoundrels – is the story of the founding of the United States.”

Ms. Williams continues that “…colonial women set the pace for twentieth-century feminists. And the modern “Ms.” has yet to catch up,” as written in 1975, the date of the book’s publication.

I have been greatly influenced by the book, “Demeter’s Daughters, The Women Who Founded America 1587 – 1787,” and one day it occurred to me that being a daughter bonds all women.  Not all women are wives, mothers or sisters, but all women are daughters.

In recent thoughts about BlogHer, I realized that we BlogHer daughters are gathered in cyberspace to supply each of our own societies with earth’s blessings. And that…

Why, wait a minute! What’s this? A poem!

It must be an entry for Mel’s NaBloPoMo Poetry Contest: Villanelle

How in the world did that get here?

Gathered Daughters

By Robin, SunbonnetSmart.com

Gathered daughters, unrelated mothers,
Come to nurture soul with soul aligned and
Reaching, teaching, purposed for each other.

Once strange women, questing for a smother,
Of female caring, so they join and band
Gathered daughters, unrelated mothers.

Young women writing, some mommy bloggers,
Use adult words to make their baby plans,
Reaching, teaching, purposed for each other.

Middle women writing, baby boomers,
Lessen life pains with extra love to span
Gathered daughters, unrelated mothers,

Older women writing, sound unfettered,
Free to offer guidance and a quick hand,
Reaching, teaching, purposed for each other.

Small portraits beckon, on the screen cluttered,
Attracting mentors, to a comment land.
Gathered daughters, unrelated mothers,
Reaching, teaching, purposed for each other.

Ta-DA!

NaBloPoMo April 2012

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