Creative | Posted by Helen H on 05/6/2010

Every Minute of Every Day

I just received an e-mail from Ms. Magazine about their ‘Countdown to 2015 Campaign’

The e-mail started with this sentence. “Every minute of every day, a woman or girl dies from complications of pregnancy or childbirth.” This overwhelmed me.

“Every minute of every day, a woman or girl dies from complications of pregnancy or childbirth.”

I pretend I am crying her tears,
kneeling over her bleeding body.
I pretend it’s all about chance, the spinning wheel
just landed on her forehead, nothing more.
It has nothing to do with politics, division.
Nothing to do with where we stand
Or the sand I was birthed on.

But when I think about it it only makes sense.
It’s true. It’s all about chance.
Tell me how many of these women chose …

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