Brave and Bereaved (Photo Meditation/46)
by Mark Chmiel
A Dear Layla chapter entitled Solidarity/2 begins
One of my temporary partners in Gaza is Noreen McCarty
(We all come and go)
Who declared to us newcomers one day
“There are no women anywhere in the world
Stronger than the women of Rafah”
What about those Tibetan women living as exiles in India?
What about all those unsung elderly African-American women in Alabama, Georgia, and Mississippi?
What about all those Vietnamese women in their fifties, sixties, and seventies in Hanoi?
Apropos of that last line, see Lee Karen Stow’s photographs, “The Vietnamese women who fought for their country.”