Woman and Nature
The earth is my sister;
I love her daily grace,
her silent daring,
and how loved I am
how we admire this strength in each other,
all that we have lost
all that we have lived
all that we know:
we are stunned by this beauty,
and I do not forget;
what she is to me,
what I am to her.
My friends and I had our quarterly women’s retreat today and I used the above poem as our closing reading (I did alter it slightly from the original in the middle). To read it, have each participant read one line and the rest of the group repeat it after her. The italicized section is then read by the group in unison.
I also used the following as our opening reading:
Opening Words/Chalice Lighting
May we be reminded here of our highest aspirations,
and inspired to bring our gifts of love and service to the altar of humanity.
May we know once again that we are not isolated beings
but connected, in mystery and miracle, to the universe,
to this community and to each other.
-Anonymous (Reading #434 in Singing The Living Tradition)
I like to share these things I’ve collected here as well in case other women are googling for readings for women’s programs, retreats, or mother blessing ceremonies 🙂