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See The Woman - John Trudell's Poem

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- 1932 days ago -
See the Woman...She has a young face...An old face...She carries herself well...In all ages...She survives all man has done...See the woman spirit...Daily serving courage...written by a man, John Trudell

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Sheryl G (360)
Tuesday March 5, 2013, 11:02 am
Thanking the men who do understand the importance of women and the balance that needs to be restored.

See the Woman
She has a young face
An old face
She carries herself well
In all ages
She survives all man has done

In some tribes she is free
In some religions
She is under man
In some societies
She’s worth what she consumes

In some nations
She is delicate strength
In some states
She is told she is weak
In some classes
She is property owned

In all instances
She is sister to earth
In all conditions
She is life bringer
In all life she is our necessity

See the woman eyes
Flowers swaying
On scattered hills
Sundancing calling in the bees

See the woman heart
Lavender butterflies
Fronting blue sky
Misty rain falling
On soft wild roses

See the woman beauty
Lightning streaking
Dark summer nights
Forests of pines mating
With new winter snow

See the woman spirit
Daily serving courage
With laughter
Her breath a dream
And a prayer

John Trudell

For the same poem but said by a female child, done extremely well, please go to this link. I had placed that on C2 last year this time.

Kit B (276)
Tuesday March 5, 2013, 11:02 am

We carry ourselves with pride because what men may not know women do know. We are peace, we are love, we continue the story of history, we protect our families, our villages. What we do, men can not do, men fear the internal and natural power of woman, a soft power that man can not understand.

Autumn S (151)
Tuesday March 5, 2013, 11:31 am
Kit said that so well :) beautiful lyrics and song, Thanks Dandelion

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Tuesday March 5, 2013, 11:43 am

Thank you for this beautiful tribute on our day, my sister.


Past Member (0)
Tuesday March 5, 2013, 12:20 pm
Thank you so much for posting this. This is one of my favorite poems by Trudell. I hear his words, and his wisdom fills my heart. I will never understand why our government is so afraid of this holy man, but I am thankful to walk such an earth that has beings as wise as John. His words are a blessing way and a guide to living and walking the way of earth.

Sheryl G (360)
Tuesday March 5, 2013, 1:49 pm
When one Walks with such Truth as John Trudell there is no room for corruption and greed, unfortunately that is exactly what our Government is afraid of, though it tells you otherwise.

Anne F (17)
Tuesday March 5, 2013, 1:51 pm
Wonderful post.

Terry V (30)
Tuesday March 5, 2013, 2:03 pm
Thank you

Christeen A (371)
Tuesday March 5, 2013, 2:08 pm
Very, very nice. Thank you.

Dianne Lien (77)
Tuesday March 5, 2013, 3:53 pm
It takes a gifted person to hear, see the gifted!

Past Member (0)
Tuesday March 5, 2013, 4:07 pm
Beautiful. Thanks.

RosemaryRannes HusbandNeedsPrayers (650)
Tuesday March 5, 2013, 10:48 pm
My spirit soars with appreciation and love after listening to John Trudell recite See the Woman... thank you Dandelion, dear Sheryl for posting this to share with everyone on Women's Day.
Kit has expressed so beautifully all that I could say, both on this post and on Sing A Song for Women your other post.
Our hearts have to be open to accepting one another both women and men and to that extent, appreciation, understanding and mutual respect and sharing can happen. There is nothing more amazing than walking in strength and in wisdom with another on that basis, our relations included.
John Trudells poignant affectations describing woman is a Blessing for us all.

Giana Peranio-paz (398)
Tuesday March 5, 2013, 11:35 pm
This really makes me proud of my womanhood - I used to want to be a boy as a child because they really had it good, and I was right, but today, even after all the difficulties I would never want to be anything other than a woman - with our sensitivity, love, empathy, and natural intelligence. Thanks Dandelion!

Judy C (97)
Wednesday March 6, 2013, 4:11 am
Thanks for sharing this, Dandelion! I have the original CD of this downloaded on my hard drive. The album is "Johnny Damas and Me", for anyone who is unfamiliar, and I'd recommend buying it to anyone who likes this wonderful song.

Arild Gone for now (174)
Wednesday March 6, 2013, 4:26 am
Thanks again Sheryl.

Liliana D (125)
Wednesday March 6, 2013, 8:45 am
beautiful and so true .... thank you Dandelion for the post

SĂĽheyla C (234)
Wednesday March 6, 2013, 9:46 am
Thank you beautiful poem

Terrie Williams (798)
Wednesday March 6, 2013, 11:22 am
Wonderful, thanks, Sheryl.

Joan De Chirico (26)
Wednesday March 6, 2013, 11:51 am
Touched my heart with pride to be a woman...

MarietteAWAY G (175)
Wednesday March 6, 2013, 12:38 pm
Your first sentence says it all. Beautiful, thanks Sheryl!

Nancy P (5)
Wednesday March 6, 2013, 1:09 pm
Thank you from a woman

Madhu Pillai (22)
Wednesday March 6, 2013, 1:29 pm
Beautiful. Thank you.

Winnie Adams (179)
Wednesday March 6, 2013, 1:51 pm

paul m (93)
Wednesday March 6, 2013, 1:58 pm


Mike S (86)
Wednesday March 6, 2013, 2:46 pm
I love Trudell's poetry! Thank you Dandelion :)

Carol Dreeszen (346)
Wednesday March 6, 2013, 4:02 pm
Thanks so much Sheryl!!

Birgit W (160)
Wednesday March 6, 2013, 4:47 pm
Thank you

marie C (163)
Wednesday March 6, 2013, 5:18 pm
What incredible depth and feeling this man has
Thank you for sharing Dandelion

Carol H (229)
Wednesday March 6, 2013, 6:30 pm
thanks Dandelion, noted

Past Member (0)
Wednesday March 6, 2013, 6:57 pm
Beautiful! Thank you for sharing this:) I wrote and perform a global solidarity song for labor, for women, for the 99%. Here is the link if you would like to give it a listen:)

Past Member (0)
Wednesday March 6, 2013, 6:58 pm
Oops...the link didn't post. My apologies:)


Colleen L (3)
Wednesday March 6, 2013, 8:17 pm
So beautiful. Thanks Dandelion

Sheryl G (360)
Wednesday March 6, 2013, 8:34 pm
Try again Sharee, we'd love to hear it.

Sheryl G (360)
Wednesday March 6, 2013, 8:40 pm
I found your song/video link on your page Sharee, so I will hotlink the video here for others to listen to. Nicely done and thank you for adding your voice to ours and our voice to yours. In Solidarity.
Sharees Video and song The Tide Global Solidarity

Past Member (0)
Wednesday March 6, 2013, 8:41 pm
Oh! Thank you, Dandelion! That is so kind:) Here is the url so hopefully it can be pasted into the broswer window:

Past Member (0)
Wednesday March 6, 2013, 8:44 pm
Ha! I think we just cross-posted...I included the url before I saw that you had provided a hotlink. Thank you so much for taking the time. You are an amazing soul:)

Sheryl G (360)
Thursday March 7, 2013, 9:57 am
You are most welcome Sharee, excellent song! You Go Girl! Your message is needed. I'll share your song with others.

Past Member (0)
Thursday March 7, 2013, 11:39 am
((Grateful!))...many thanks, Dandelion:)

Devon Leonar (54)
Thursday March 7, 2013, 11:52 am
Ohhhhhhh John Trudell is a Master weaver of words that take the heart sailing on the full depth of feelings that vibrate and pulse throughout all our unspoken moments...... His honor of the sacred feminine simply melts me to tears......... I first heard his poetry music in 1992 and it was wonderful to hear him this morning... Thank you so much Dandelion for spreading his blessings around care2...! I'm going to share it with friends and on FB........

Jytte Nhanenge (64)
Friday March 8, 2013, 2:50 am
I wish you all a happy Women’s day, men and women alike.

Thank you for reminding us dear Dandelion that yet another year has passed and the world is still holding extreme unequal gender values. Many horrible things have happened since last year including an increase in serious violence against women, girls, and children. In huge parts of the world women are not physically safe. Have a look at this map which holds scary dark green areas:

The current gender inequality has an ancient history and it manifests in many specific situations. Nevertheless, in my opinion, our gender inequality is not biologically derived, although it does end up physically harming women.

The inequality relates to a chosen dualist, reductionist perception of reality, which prioritizes and values all that relates to what is masculine or yang. Oppositely the feminine energy or yin is marginalized and considered of no value. This unbalanced perception cannot help but to become visible in our reality. Hence, our societies are driven by masculine energies, which manifest in the way in which we have institutionalized our science, politics, and economy. I call it Patriarchy.

Patriarchy is a violent society. The rich master (mainly men but also some women) wants to maximize individual profit making based on competition. Profit making is seen as a never-ending linear activity built on domination of society and exploitation of nature. Since this highly egoistic approach harms others, there will be resistance. Thus, the ongoing pursuit for economic quantities becomes aggressive and ends in violence.

All of these actions are due to excessive masculine yang values. Hence, with its “run-away” masculinity, Patriarchy is creating the crises of poverty and inequality, violence and war, natural degradation, and human rights abuses. The far majority of the victims are those who relate to the feminine energy: women, children, colored people, traditional people, poor people, and nature.

The remedy would be to do the opposite, hence to add more feminine yin energy into our unbalance yang world. When yin is allowed to perform its natural preventive and limiting function of the yang, it would generate a dynamic tension between yin and yang, and create yin/yang balance, ending in harmony.

Feminine energy includes cooperation, care, conservation of nature, social and community values, circular and holistic perceptions, organic and ethical values, optimization of benefits, and priority on a quality of life. These values are peace creating, uniting all nationality, gender, color, class, or specie in harmony.

Consequently, I believe that we can only end the run-away masculine yang energy by adding huge amounts of caring feminine yin energy. We all have yin energies, men and women, tall and small, rich and poor. It is mainly a matter of embracing it, cherishing it, and then set it free. With much more yin energy in our world, we can change the masculine yang perceptions and recreate a dynamic tension between yin and yang to regain balance. It will beyond doubt manifest in our societies and nature worldwide as an increased quality of life.

There is much more to say about this subject, but this will do. For those who are interested in learning more, please be welcome to visit the free educational website: Forum for Holistic Transformation: Ending Patriarchy and Creating a Quality of Life for Society and Nature Worldwide. In short it is called

Dear Sharee, I enjoyed your video. It is a great initiative, and you have a beautiful voice. Your input is what I mean with adding feminine, yin energy. Imagine what would happen if we all would add our unique feminine energy: this world would beyond doubt be a beautiful place to live.

Sheryl G (360)
Friday March 8, 2013, 6:15 am
As always Jytte, a wise voice coming through from our C2 family. I hope that others will view this "sisters" site for all she presents to us from a very intellectual but loving place.

Past Member (0)
Friday March 8, 2013, 9:00 am
Yes...this reminds me of the works of Riane Eisler (The Chalice & The Blade) and Merlin Moonstone (When God Was A Woman). Thank you Jytte for your words of encouragement and reminding us that our nurturing natures makes the world stronger not weaker.

Lois Jordan (63)
Friday March 8, 2013, 1:56 pm
Thank you so much for posting, Dandelion, that was simply beautiful.

Jytte Nhanenge (64)
Saturday March 9, 2013, 1:46 am
You are very right dear Sharee, the feminine energy may not be forceful, although she can be, but she is persistent. Like the yin water can overcome and in fact remove huge stones just by its persistence, so can yin care overcome yang domination without using violence. It takes its time, but patience is a feminine energy.

It is indeed an Ecofeminist perception. You may like to read the discussion here:

Wishing you all a beautiful day.

Helen Porter (39)
Sunday March 24, 2013, 2:32 pm
Sacred beauty.

As Walt Whitman wrote:

I watch the women pass.
The young women are beautiful
The old women are more beautiful.
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