by Joaquin Miller



The bravest battle that ever was fought!
Shall I tell you where and when?
On the maps of the world you will find it not;
‘Twas fought by the mothers of men.

Nay not with the cannon of battle-shot,
With a sword or noble pen;
Nay, not with eloquent words or thought
From mouth of wonderful men!

But deep in a walled-up woman’s heart
– Of a woman that would not yield,
But bravely, silently bore her part
– Lo, there is the battlefield!

No marshalling troops, no bivouac song,
No banner to gleam and wave;
But oh! those battles, they last so long –
From babyhood to the grave.

Yet, faithful still as a bridge of stars,
She fights in her walled-up town –
Fights on and on in her endless wars,
Then silent, unseen, goes down.

Oh, ye with banners and battle-shot,
And soldiers to shout and praise!
I tell you the kingliest victories fought
Were fought in those silent ways.

Oh spotless woman in a world of shame,
With splendid and silent scorn,
Go back to God as white as you came –
The Kingliest warrior born!




18 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Princess
    May 10, 2009 @ 03:31:38

    Yo Rhonda, Beautiful! Happy Mothers Day! Luv PF XXX


  2. Gill.
    May 10, 2009 @ 04:11:49

    Beautiful Rhonda, happy mothers day to you. I got another grandaughter early hours this morning. Darcey Marie, a beautiful little princess for me to love and cherish 🙂 Hugs To you, Gill. xx


  3. catamaran
    May 10, 2009 @ 05:43:32

    Happy Mothers day Rhonda!


  4. nita
    May 10, 2009 @ 06:14:58

    thank you rhonda, happy mother\’s day.


  5. Polly
    May 10, 2009 @ 06:48:35

    Many thanx Rhonda…..Happy mothers day to you …hugs Polly


  6. Angel eyes
    May 10, 2009 @ 06:53:51

    such a beautiful piece dear hope you have a day of your dreams angel eyes


  7. Beth
    May 10, 2009 @ 09:04:16

    Very nice! Happy Mother\’s Day!


  8. Joe
    May 10, 2009 @ 09:42:56

    Excellent! Happy Mother\’s Day!


  9. Carol
    May 10, 2009 @ 10:48:33

    A very nice entry Rhonda, Hugs


  10. Dianne
    May 10, 2009 @ 11:08:41

    Wonderful and thoughtful entry for Mothers Day! I am thinking of you and hope you have a wonderful Mothers Day, Rhonda.Big Hugs to you and Emma Dianne 🙂


  11. Duckie
    May 10, 2009 @ 11:23:49

    I appreciate this. I agree that some of the most outstanding battles are won in quiet ways.HAPPY MOTHER\’S DAY!!!!


  12. Zeynep
    May 10, 2009 @ 11:32:41

    Happy Mother\’s Day Rhonda. What did Emma do for you today? Maybe you post something about that later. Love and peace, Zeynep xx


  13. Jennifer
    May 10, 2009 @ 11:44:50

    Happy Mother\’s Day!


  14. Rambling
    May 10, 2009 @ 12:00:34

    That was outstanding!


  15. Rusty
    May 10, 2009 @ 12:40:04

    Rhonda, that is beautiful and oh how true. We as mothers do fight our silent battles and continue to do so as our children grow older. Happy Mother\’s Day to you sweety. Take care and God bless…………………Rusty ((HUGS))


  16. Sherry
    May 10, 2009 @ 12:53:00

    Just beautiful Rhonda and yes so very true.Happy Mother\’s day!HugsSherry


  17. Amy
    May 10, 2009 @ 13:53:35

    Awesome! Happy Mothers Day fellow Warrior!!


  18. Touch
    May 10, 2009 @ 14:01:00

    Wonderful, Rhonda. Happy Mother\’s day and a hug for little Emma.


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