A community, a world without violence against women or children

What my community, my world, would look like if there was no violence against women or children.
©2003 Donna Milner

There is no ‘us’ or ‘them’

Going for a spin

Going for a spin (Photo from gemsling's photostream, Flickr Creative Commons)

There is only We
We are one
We are whole
We are the people of the world

And we the Children of the world
Play in our yards, our fields, our streets and parks
Alone, safe, unafraid,
And the only cries you hear
Are cries of laughter as we
Play tag under the street lamps at dusk
Or hide-and-seek in the dark of an autumn night
While the innocent wind whispers in the drying leaves
And the voices of our mothers and fathers call us home to dinner.

And We the women of the world
Are free to choose our own path through life
And if that path should take…
A Korean student down a jogging trail by Lost Lagoon in Stanley Park,
A middle-aged mother on her bicycle down a quiet country road in the Cariboo,
A First Nations daughter, sister, friend, down the darkened streets of East Vancouver,
Or a young woman in Coquitlam to the corner bus stop in the early morning mist,
She goes without fear of attack, without fear of the dark,
For there is no evil lurking in the shadows
And the only difference between day and night is the degree of light.

And We the Men of the world
Stand beside you under the same sun, the same moon, the same stars
And if we should put our arms around you there in the darkness
It is with love… and agreement.
We are the people of the world
All nations, colours, races, religions and creeds
We do no harm to one another with weapons or with words
Because we could not bear the pain.
We are connected, We are one.
We have no locks, no gates, no borders.
In our homes, our communities, our world,
There is no violence.
There is only Peace.

Pray for it

[Donna Milner wrote this for a production of The Vagina Monologues in Williams Lake, British Columbia. It still gives me shivers to read it. Donna’s novel, After River, is spellbinding. Her second novel, The Promise of Rain will be released February 2010]

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10 comments for “A community, a world without violence against women or children

  1. Carrie B
    February 8, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    That is wonderful – thanks for sharing!

  2. February 8, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    I really appreciate your checking out the poem. It never fails to move me.

  3. Geraldine Bush
    February 9, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    This strikes a cord, thank you for bringing it to my attention

  4. February 9, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    Thanks, Geraldine. Donna’s spirit shines through the words of this beautiful poem.

  5. Michelle
    November 30, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    In your words Cathryn….this gives me hope!!!

  6. Ashley
    December 1, 2011 at 12:04 am

    I’m from Williams Lake, and who knew I had such wonderful talent in my small, hometown. As a young woman, I recognize these fears and I also pray for days of peace.

  7. December 1, 2011 at 8:35 am

    Beautifully said, Ashley. You deserve to walk freely in a safe world.

  8. December 1, 2011 at 8:35 am

    Donna’s poem will always resonate for me. She’s published two novels since, both received well and translated into many languages.

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