Women, You Must Learn to Be Warriors - February 2018

From Spirit Walker, 1993, by Nancy Wood


Women, you must learn to be warriors

Now when times are dark and our men

Are afraid to tell us what is in their hearts.

There is so much trouble in our land

That it is up to you to decide

Which direction the wind must blow.


Women, you are our tree of life

Just as you were a long time ago

When a man said: carry my seed.

If you go forth from this darkness,

Telling our story of courage and survival,

Then our tree will grow strong with your words.


Women, do not worry about tomorrow.

Even when daylight is long in coming,

The sun remembers its place in the sky.

Take this blue shawl of knowledge and

Wrap it around your daughters, telling them

That women must not be afraid to be warriors.


Mother's Words - June 2017

From Spirit Walker, 1993, by Nancy Wood


Why look for answers, my child,

Among the people you meet?

Why believe there is fulfillment

In your narrow life of work?


Why sacrifice the gift of loneliness

To fill up the time with diversion?


Look inside every living thing you find.

Feel the energy of rocks and leaves, hummingbirds

and cactus.

Dwell for a moment in a single blade of grass.

Discover the secret of snowflakes.


In these patterns lie harmony, my child.

In harmony, the universe.



I am a Woman - July 2014



Nancy Wood poem poster 6: I am a woman

Poem broadsheet includes a Nancy Wood photograph of Violet Smith, coal mine owner, Hesperus, CO, circa 1978.


I am a Woman, from Many Winters, 1974, by Nancy Wood


I am a woman.
I hold up half of the sky.
I am a woman.
I nourish half of the earth.
I am a woman.
The rainbow touches my shoulders.
The universe encircles my eyes.

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