"Mommy, Mama, Mom, Inay"..Whatever we call them, our mother is always there for us. On this day, we give them our hugs and time to pay tribute to their unconditional and nurturing love. Happy Mother's Day!
The poem entitled "Mother's Day Proclamation for Peace, 1870" was written by Julia Ward Howe, an American poet who became famous for her fight to proclaim the official Mother's Day holiday in the United States now celebrated in May.
Mother's Day Proclamation for Peace, 1870
by: Julia Ward Howe
Our husbands will not come to us, reeking with carnage,
For caresses and applause.
Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn
All that we have been able to teach them of charity, mercy and patience.
We, the women of one country,
Will be too tender of those of another country
To allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs."
From the voice of a devastated Earth a voice goes up with
Our own. It says, "Disarm! Disarm!
The sword of murder is not the balance of justice."
Blood does not wipe our dishonor,
Nor violence indicate possession.
As men have often forsaken the plough and the anvil
At the summons of war,
Let women now leave all that may be left of home
Let them solemnly take counsel with each other as to the means
Whereby the great human family can live in peace...
Each bearing her own time the sacred impress, not of Caesar,
But of God---
In the name of womanhood and humanity, I earnestly ask
That a general congress of women without limit of nationality,
May be appointed and held at someplace deemed most convenient
And the earliest period consistent with its objects,
To promote the alliance of the different nationalities,
The amicable settlement of international questions,
The great and general interests of peace.