Many great women have trod this earth,
Their light flickering like a burning hearth,
Blazing inspiration into the heart of every American,
Like Sacajawea, Earhart, and Harriet Tubman.
Others preferred to cast their light on a library,
Like Alcott, Austen, and Lucy Maud Montgomery.
Others favored the gleam of a Hollywood hall,
Like Shirley Temple, Doris Day, and Lucille Ball.
This list of heroines, geniuses, and celebrities seems unending,
But out of all these, I find thousands missing.
They aren’t the type a reporter would bother,
Since they’ve never been anything more than a mother.
How can people not notice these fair ladies clothed in silken love?
Or ignore their words that coo like a gentle dove?
They may not be numbered among great women of the past,
But the reasons I think they should be are vast.
Their hands steady our shaking nerves, arms, and feet.
Never do they forget to save us a seat.
Their smiles quiet our deepest pain,
And their wits help keep our heads sane.
They color the shadows of our lives with laughter,
And they seem to make God’s rainbows shine brighter.
The glistening hope they hold within
Causes their beauty to shine from under their skin.
Although their whistling and humming is a little off-tune,
It is sweet to our ears like the birds’ songs in June.
Every year, every week, every day we should shout in thanksgiving,
Because their presence helps make life worth living.
They are what holds a family together when it’s falling apart,
Pumping love, wisdom, and faith into its veins like the human heart.
Mariposa Aristeo is a self-taught artist and aspiring children’s author who captures the glories of God’s creation on paper. Here at Story Embers, she serves as the public relations director and graphic designer because she desires to encourage other storytellers to craft novels that ignite the imagination and warm the heart.
In between writing and working at SE, she loves illustrating books, such as A Visit to Oaklenbrooke Farm. She hopes to someday publish her own children’s book, a kooky tale that combines humor, heart, and her longtime love of dinosaurs. Her book-eating assistant, Aberdeen the Authorosaurus, supplies her with most of her story ideas and forces her to write by threatening to sit on her. If you want to learn more about Mariposa, Aberdeen, or why she doesn’t listen to him, visit her Instagram.