Alice Walker
We have to live
differently

or we
will die
in the same

old ways.

Therefore, 
I call on all Grand Mothers
everywhere
on the planet
to rise
and take your place
in the leadership of the world

Come out
of the kitchen
out of the 
fields
out of the
beauty parlors
our of the television

Step forward
and assume
the role for which
you were
created:
To lead humanity
to health, happiness
and sanity.

I call on
all the 
Grand Mothers
of Earth
and every person
who possesses
the Grand Mother 
spirit 
of respect for
life
&
protection of
the young 
to rise
& lead.

The life of
our species
depends 
on it.

And I call on all men
of Earth
to gracefully
and 
gratefully

stand aside
and let them
(let us)
do so.





November 8, 2021 

Photo: Riitta Ikonen and Karoline Hjorth

Poem found in 
All We Can Save: Truth, Courage, and Solutions for the Climate Crisis
Edited by Ayana Elizabeth Johnson & Katharine K. Wilkinson
One World, Penguin Random House LLC, 2020