OPEN DAY AT HWC
This was a wonderful day, with a wide range of art and crafts on display brought in by women who either volunteer at the centre or support it in other ways. There was a creative workshop where women learnt how to make promise boxes, and Lisa was on hand to show us how to make woollen pompoms, handbags - you name it, I reckon she can make it out of wool!! What with homemade cards, cakes, cross stitch pictures, shell creations, paintings, drawings, poems, photography, stories and songs (with Jess on her guitar - what a talent!) there was a plethora of amazing art from fabulous, creative women. We are already looking forward to our next creative event - will keep you posted!
Below are a couple of poems written by women who attended on the day:
SNOWFLAKES AGAINST MACHINE GUN FIRE
Women are like snow flakes in war... the machine guns roar
they cut us down, they shout - we are weak! we are meek!
Under a bullet, snowflake melts.
Tears roll and the beauty and individuality of each snowflake fades....
Machine guns roar, but snowflakes it is time to settle the score, for our beauty is that each of us is different, but bonding together snowflakes can become a snowball of change and build a wall, With each snowflake retaining it's own perfection of individuality and strength.
And a snowflake wall will cause even the most determined machine gun bullet - to stop - and fall - and become silent....
By Fiona 30.5.14
ARE YOU A WOMAN?
Are you a woman? Will you be my friend? Will you join me in finding a way to mend our fragmented beings – its time for an end to our oppression, to our guilt and our fear....
Are you a woman? Will you stand by my side? Will you praise me and love me – and never deride What I wear, how I look – will you let me have pride In myself, in my soul, in my life....
Are you a woman? Will you help me to see That my size and my shape and my face don’t define me I don’t need mirrors or scales, I just need to be free From expectations, from my critics and from blame
Are you a woman? Will you offer me your love? Will you wipe away my tears, wash my face, see my blood? Without loathing, or judging or smearing of mud Be my comfort, be my kindness, be my guide
Are you a women? Will you help make things right? When my dreams are all nightmares and I’ve lost reason and sight Of the good in my life and I can’t see the light When I falter, when I’m lost – hold me tight
Are you a woman? Will you always by kind? Help me move forward, help me make up my mind To trust in myself as I discover and find How to live – how to grow – how to thrive
Are you a women? Will you stand up and speak Against violence and harshness, stand up for the meek Tell your story with pride and stride forward and seek A new day, a new way, a new peace
Are you a woman? Will you hold my hand Shall we now walk together towards the new land? Where we offer each other our hearts and just stand In our strength, in our truth, in our time.
Oh yes – you are women. And I see you are strong I can see your true beauty, I can hear your brave song This is our world, my sisters, it’s our time, we belong We are timeless, we are eternal - we are one.