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V Day

“The greatest thing your’ll ever learn, is just to love and be loved in return” – so begins one of my favourite films, Moulin Rouge. Following hot on the heels of Imbolc and pancake day is Valentines Day – o.k, I know, its a horrible Hallmark commercial nightmare….but love! Oh, its really the only thing that counts, isn’t it?

It is true that love may ‘weave strangely’ and we all have twists and turns in the journeys we make towards finding it. Who do we love and why? And how? So in the run-up to this love fest, my hands were busy with making little pieces of thank-yous for people I love, felted hellos for new sisters, hidden paintings for old ones.

There is close to home love, happening right here, where I am.

And then there is an ‘out in the world’ love, of a different kind. For Valentines Day has just been reclaimed by women. It is now V Day. 

One Billion Rising, started by Eve Ensler 14 years ago, is the most amazing call to women and men across the planet to rise up and use our collective strength and solidarity across the borders to refuse to accept violence against women and girls

One in three women on the planet will be raped or beaten in her lifetime. One billion women violated is an atrocity. One Billion women dancing is a Revolution.

Yes, it seems that hearts, flowers and chocolates are no longer going to cut it around here…time to get out the paint and step into a more proactive and vocal land of love…

And so what of this feminist tsunami? It is one women’s vision to dance an end to the violence, to shake the earth into awareness. Well, I am with her. And so too, millions of others today, across this wonderful earth of ours, in all its colourful diversity.

Did Stroud rise with the thousands of other cities, towns, and villages across the planet? You bet your red and black t-shirts and wiggling hips it did! We are Stroudies, we ‘do’ protest and drumming and mad dancing, and loud singing. And we do it well.

So this Valentines Day – this fabulous V Day – I have told my special loves that I love them, I have loved my friends, and danced and sung among the community I love, in the town that I love and call home. But most of all, my heart has almost burst with the thought of the love of sisters I will never know, but am willing to stride out for, to speak up for. Know that we see you, that you will never be alone with this. We will not stop until the day you are safe.

Together we are stronger.


1 Heather { 02.14.13 at 8:18 pm }

brilliant, I’m looking at a photo of you in the local paper! great! Heather x

2 laoi gaul-williams { 02.15.13 at 9:09 am }

well done to you and all those women…feeling a tad frustrated that my village is so ‘conservative’…i need to find a way of bringing all those in hiding out into the open!

3 Mezzie { 02.16.13 at 12:26 pm }

i was travelling home on the long journey from kernow on V day..but I had my heartbeat to softly sing to..and in my minds eye there were my Sisters dancing, drumming and singing.. I have Maya Angelou”s amazing poem, ” STILL I RISE ” as my screen saver …..
and these are her closing words :
” Out of the huts of history’s shame,

I Rise.

Up from a past that’s rooted in pain,

I Rise
I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,

Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.

Leaving behind nights of terror and fear

I Rise.

Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear,

I Rise

Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
……..I RISE . 
A Dear Soul Friend gifted me this poem one International Women’s Day….it’s never far from my mind….I love knowing you are there…dancing wildly…making change happen xxxx

4 Susan { 02.26.13 at 8:02 am }

I wish I could have been there.

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