IWD: United Associations of Women newsheet of August 1957

… a poem published in the United Associations of Women newsheet of August 1957.

These verses seem to sum up the stoical determination of many of the women who continued to organize politically during these years:


We shall not travel by the road we make

Ere day by day the sound of many feet

Is heard Upon the stones that now we break,

We shall be come to where the cross-roads meet.

For us the heat by day, the cold by night,

The inch-slow progress and the heavy load …

For them the Road,

For them the shade of trees that now we plant,

The safe, smooth journey and the certain goal.

And yet the Road is ours! as never theirs;

Is not great joy on us alone bestowed?

For us the Master Joy, of pioneers!

We shall not travel, but we make the Road.


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