March 8th, 2018 – Poetic Harvest – Heenal Rajani
can you see me yet?
a reminder, if one was needed,
that we all have a role to play
to escape our plight together
we must fight together
let’s remember to praise each other
to raise each other up
women will lead the way for making society more human again
let’s hold ourselves to account
it’s not just the amount of women “empowered”
but who’s included?
the milestones we share
are not shared by all
what are their choices?
where are their voices?
the indigenous lens
is bringing back an understanding
of the balance of life
we don’t even have a word
(isn’t that absurd?)
for the divine feminine
the essence of life
all the planetary abuse and violence
there’s no excuse for silence
our Mother is being raped
all around we’re seeing the cost
of balance being lost
women are sacred
women are the gateway to all life
women are wise, women are mentors
women are strong but far from the
of power in our society
now is the hour
we can learn so much when we listen
and we are all worthy to speak
this is no time to be meek
but be strong
let us trust in the power of our stories
we can talk about guilt
but what are we actually doing?
we have all these recommendations
but how are we actually seeking reconciliation?
all we want to do is help our future generations
so let us stand up against all that’s unjust
let us stand up because we must
let’s stand up, in truth we trust
what stories are not being told?
there’s a mentality of blaming the victim
not acknowledging the diversity of situations
that women get murdered in
will you finally see me if I’m no longer a statistic?
how many of our sisters will be taken before something is done?
violence breeds more violence
cultural disconnection, separation
makes violence continue, generation after generation
meanwhile, boys grow up without a dad
don’t know how to be the fathers that they never had
we have to honour and respect women
it’s the only way out of the mess we’re in
the suffering of others is not my burden
let’s respect people’s dignity
with knowledge comes responsibility
no more passivity
in case you thought that this is an academic project
you were wrong
this is real life
let us not forget the organic, emergent nature of
let’s appreciate the richness, the messiness in all its glory
let’s not make it flat
we can do better than that
academic papers won’t be our
we want real changes
let this resonate in our hearts as well as our heads
screw patriarchy, we choose love instead
how can we make our hospitals a more warm and open place?
how can we make everyone feel welcome in that space?
let’s not get so caught up in the research
that we don’t do the real search
the real search for what we can do differently
what do we really mean when we say “social change”?
it’s about the world that’s right here in front of me
it’s deep, it’s complex, it’s much more than policy
it goes right to the root, you could say
of how humans could live together in a better way
here we all share information
we seek education
but our obligations go way beyond this project
if that’s what you even call it
our obligations are to the flourishing of the human spirit
our obligations are to life
nothing is out of scope
the work really does matter
with the diversity and
in the magic that lives in that space in between
we can co-create whatever we dream
the most impactful research group that’s ever been convened
together we can make visible what might never have been seen
this work matters