martes, 7 de marzo de 2017

To The Indifferent Women

A Sestina
You who are happy in a thousand homes, 
Or overworked therein, to a dumb peace; 
Whose souls are wholly centered in the life 
Of that small group you personally love; 
Who told you that you need not know or care 
About the sin and sorrow of the world? 

Do you believe the sorrow of the world 
Does not concern you in your little homes? — 
That you are licensed to avoid the care 
And toil for human progress, human peace, 
And the enlargement of our power of love 
Until it covers every field of life? 

The one first duty of all human life 
Is to promote the progress of the world 
In righteousness, in wisdom, truth and love; 
And you ignore it, hidden in your homes, 
Content to keep them in uncertain peace, 
Content to leave all else without your care. 

Yet you are mothers! And a mother's care 
Is the first step toward friendly human life. 
Life where all nations in untroubled peace 
Unite to raise the standard of the world 
And make the happiness we seek in homes 
Spread everywhere in strong and fruitful love. 

You are content to keep that mighty love 
In its first steps forever; the crude care 
Of animals for mate and young and homes, 
Instead of pouring it abroad in life, 
Its mighty current feeding all the world 
Till every human child can grow in peace. 

You cannot keep your small domestic peace 
Your little pool of undeveloped love, 
While the neglected, starved, unmothered world 
Struggles and fights for lack of mother's care, 
And its tempestuous, bitter, broken life 
Beats in upon you in your selfish homes. 

We all may have our homes in joy and peace 
When woman's life, in its rich power of love 
Is joined with man's to care for all the world. 

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