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A mother: Before anything else, she is a woman in love

Updated on February 20, 2010

A Thousand Red Roses

A Yellow Rose and a Thousand Red Roses

Before a woman becomes a mother or before a woman takes upon herself the role of a mother, she is first a woman in love. Whether the love she holds is received in equal measure or not does not matter. This daring to love is the foundation of all human life. Where will life be without a woman in love; without a mother? Mother’s Day celebrates every mother’s ferociousness to take care of her children with that unerring gentleness that inhabits every cell of a woman’s being.

Dan Brown, in his novel “The Da Vinci Code” tackled the “Sacred Feminine” as a theme.The novel was more than a controversy over who Mary Magdalene was in relation to the life of Jesus Christ. Magdalene as the symbol of the “Sacred Feminine” being consciously kept from public discourse then and now, opened up a continuing interest in the issue of Patriarchy as a social construct. With woman as the carrier of life but always relegated to a role that is all at once associated with subjugation and marginalization by the mainstream psyche is trivializing the power of half of the world’s population.

Mother’s day is a time to celebrate the beauty and power of this symbol of woman and motherhood – the rose. The rose as the symbol of the reproductive aspect of the female anatomy is a symbol that can yet change the course of humanity from what it is today to what all mothers dream of: life as a womb of safety and love.

Here’s a poem I am sharing here for Mother’s Day:

A yellow rose and a thousand red roses

There used to be

just one yellow rose

defining the scars

of my geography;

Each scar was a terrain

unfamiliar to promenaders

holding hands

under kind stars.

Then I dreamed

of a thousand women

swallowing the teeth of their sorrow

Each of them was giving me

a red rose.



A Yellow Rose and a Thousand Red Roses 
Copyright ©2009 Francia C. Clavecillas


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    • Tonya P profile image

      Tonya P 8 years ago

      Thank you for this hub! It really caused me to think about the girl that was once my mother, the girl that was once my grandmother and how their ability to trust love is the reason that I am here today!

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      franciaonline 8 years ago from Philippines

      Hi jill of alltrades,

      It's good to know that another Filipino found my page and I will be able to connect with you through this site! Thanks for leaving a generous comment.

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      jill of alltrades 8 years ago from Philippines

      Wow this is a beautiful tribute to mothers!I like the way you write.

      I'm happy to meet another Filipino here in hubpages. I too am a newly retired teacher, a university professor.

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      Melody Lagrimas 8 years ago from Philippines

      Oh, glad to stumble upon this hub and your page. I am from the Philippines too, and recently joined HubPages.

      Hope you could visit my hubs too. God bless.

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      franciaonline 8 years ago from Philippines

      Thanks for leaving an encouraging comment, my friend!

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      Cris A 8 years ago from Manila, Philippines


      A short hub pregnant with insights and wisdom. You always make me think and I love that about your hubs. The poem is at once poignant and fierce. Thanks for sharing :D