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flamboyant, Bella strides,
stumps, marches, a lightening rod,
raucous, rallying the troops,

fierce, intense, prodding hard,
under the big hat, an inner spirit reigns,
exhilerated by music, by songs,

stroked by Nature's magnificence,
by mountain, sea and plains,
embracing family, friends,

pleads for peace, fights resists war,
under the big hat, a legend,
an icon, whom we applaud,

a serious woman on a serious voyage,
defining truth and power,
our Mother Courage.

April 14, 2010

©Linda Stein