And the day came when I needed them.
When the battle was too big for me,
And the lawyer by my side.
I summoned them from the far reaches of time;
Legions of Mothers, Grandmothers, and all the Greats!
We shared this thing in common.
We knew the struggle to keep a child safe.
I called them forth for my little girl;
The baby I birthed,
The Little girl within me,
And every little girl throughout all time,
Who ever needed to be loved, protected and heard;
Every girl who ever needed the freedom to choose.
I gathered them into that courtroom,
To stand with me,
Known, felt, embraced.
They came gracefully, elegantly,
Holding me with calm certainty.
I scrawled our intention in large letters and underlined, “Allow Freedom!”
We didn’t come to destroy, conquer or ravage.
We came to defend and allow with love,
With Sofia Wisdom, empathy and grace.
We washed everything over with fierce
“Mama Bear” love of protection.
For one purpose, with one intention, “Allow Freedom.”
In our united front,
Madame Justice held up her scales,
The child was heard,
Her desire granted.
The judge proclaimed,
“I have never done this before,
I’m not sure why I am doing this now,
But I am going to allow the child to decide
Who she will live with and if and when
She wants to visit her father.”
Tears washed over the Legions.
They rejoiced in gratitude.
She was their child and this was
A victory for grace,
A victory for all they stood for.
A victory for all they ever desired;
For every girl to be heard,
Trusted and allowed the freedom to choose!
Freedom was granted on this day
For my little girl and therefore
For all little girls.
I wrote poem very quickly after sitting with such radiantly beautiful, soul-full women at the Sophia Conference in November of last year. The conference is hard to put into words but it touched, moved, shifted & changed me in so many subtle & not-so-subtle ways.
The court hearing was one of those magical, divine moments that today still seems difficult to believe. My daughter had been tormented and abused by her father for years and when I took her for the summer and stood up to him, he took me to court and this is what the court had to say about that.
Articulating this even in poetry is just one of the gifts that emerged from the Sophia experience.
If you are interested in attending next year’s conference in San Diego please get in touch with Laura Plumb at Deep Yoga!