In Memoriam: Light Two Candles

Henry Howard a fearless feminist, rockstar reproductive rights advocate and a dear friend shared his poem Light Two Candles at our April 2019 #MeToo event from his most recent book. He offered his book for sale, and in true Henry fashion, he donated the proceeds to our NOW chapter.

We are forever thankful, and we’ll miss you.

Light Two Candles

As Hannukah sends forth its light
To roll back the darkness in our lives,
Light two candles to drive away the shadows
In men’s and women’s lives.

Light one candle for the courage of women,
Who have lit their own way forward to the future.
Light one candle for the men in their lives
Who have shared the long and winding road,
Not leading the way, but walking as partners side by side.

Light one candle for every woman,
In the silence of sexual harassment or abuse,
Who is silent no more,
And whose steadfast voice
Shakes her chains of bondage loose.

Light one candle for every man
Who refuses to hide in an ivory tower,
And use gender or position
To make women cower.

Light one candle for every woman
Who speaks truth to power,
To call forth the power of Sisterhood.
And light one candle for every man
Who gives up his false power
To free both sexes—if he only would.

Light two candles side by side
For the bravest of both sexes who walk together,
Talk together, understand together,
And with one voice, as women and men,
Shout down the darkness with two little words:

~ Henry Howard


2 comments on “In Memoriam: Light Two Candles

  1. Hi: I am devastated to hear off the death of Henry Howard, the most dedicated advocate of a woman right to abortion and a very dear person. I’m also very sorry to hear of Virginia’s death. I haven’t been in touch with anyone in the San Gabriel Chapter for years, but I have received the newsletter from time to time. Darby Mangen was the person in the chapter that I knew best.

    I would appreciate hearing from you regarding Henry and Darby. I am involuntarily retired now, due to the coronavirus shutdown.

    Thank you, Carol Downer

  2. cpalomera says:

    Hi Carol.

    Thank you for reaching out. I am sending you an email with additional info.

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