“When any woman, any mother suffers, we all do.”
This message came to author Cinda Stevens Lonsway one night in bed while she pleaded for inspiration to help heal the pain and suffering she saw all around her. These words branded her heart, never to be erased or silenced.
And her heart responded:
“Do you feel it? Do you feel it?”
This single whisper of her heart combined with other voices…women’s voices. The message within Cinda expanded beyond the confines of her heart. The message demanded to be heard.
She poured the message from her heart to paper in the dark of the night. She set down my pen and read her words which were so powerful they made her weep.
These were the words of every women coming together, roaring to save each other, their families and their planet. The title came to Cinda as the dark of that night yielded to the dawn.
She titled it ROAR!
For the author, this story is a parable, a poem, a declaration, a reclamation, a lesson for all of us—what will it be for you?
ROAR Copyright 2019 by Cinda S Lonsway Published by new72media d b a new72publishing www new72media com Printed in the United States of America ISBN 978 1 946054 11 1 Hardback ISBN 978 1 946054 10 4 eBook All rights reserved This book or any portion thereof may not be reproduced or used in any manner whatsoever without the express written permission of the publisher except for the use of brief quotations in a book review
ROAR C I N D A S T E V E N S L O N S WAY Illustrated by Manon Doyle
DEDICATIONS CINDA ROAR is dedicated to Mother Earth the giver and creator of all life May we protect Her always And to the youth our future is in your hands Join in harmony to shift Mother Earth on Her axis and create positive change MANON The paintings in ROAR are dedicated to all who are finding their voice in this world
R O A R It began as a whisper 6
R O A R one woman leaning into the ear of another Do you feel it she asked 8
R O A R Then She whispered to another Do you feel it And it began to spread this whisper from one woman to another to another whispering Do you feel it Do you feel it 10
R O A R The question was asked once then twice then grew to ten hundred whispers around the world Women wondering what it was they were feeling The whispering pulsed as need for the answer grew Do you feel it 12
R O A R The rhythm became stronger bolder as it spread to their hearts Knowing not what was the whisper or what was the heartbeat for the two became one More and more women began to feel the pounding of a need not yet understood and the rumbling began to stir the earth under their feet 14
R O A R One woman stood She planted her feet firmly into the soil raised her voice from a whisper and shouted Enough The woman next to her stood With her fists pumping the sky she yelled Enough Enough Enough shouted another another and another Women each holding firm in their stance arms above their heads Enough Enough Enough 16
The Story of ROAR In May of 2010 my entire life changed The change came about in the most unexpected way via my social media feed from a news video someone shared with me This video grabbed my attention and I couldn t look away footage which gripped at my care and concern for the environment The video streamed footage of an oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico I watched in horror as hundreds of thousands of gallons of oil spewed from the bottom of the ocean I watched in agony as sea life and animals were drenched in life threatening poison I watched in disgust as politicians and petroleum corporations refused to take ownership I watched in overwhelming sadness as no one did anything to stop it I was sickened sickened As each plume of black goo mixed with the water I felt my heart break and my spirit collapse Something was terribly wrong horribly not okay dreadfully threatening to not just the sea life but to all of life THIS wasn t oil THIS was blood THIS was Mother Earth hemorrhaging And if we didn t stop this quickly she could die The leaders our leaders the government our government and the oil tycoons lack of concern or regard or attempt to save HER fueled a sense of urgency a sense of activism in me that I d never felt before I screamed at my computer screen If SHE dies we all die Don t you bastards see that HER suffering apparently didn t matter SHE didn t matter I saw a parallel a parallel in how Mother Earth and women have been treated with disgrace disrespect and disregard for eons I sympathized I empathized I identified with Mother Earth Years ago in 1981 I was a victim of a violent crime After it happened I ran away from the neighborhood the criminal and the memory of the crime For years I denied that my perpetrator s actions had harmed me I pretended 73
R O A R that nothing had happened Denial didn t serve my recovery Finally I found my healing and with that I found a calling to help others 1 I couldn t and wouldn t allow denial or pretending that nothing was wrong again I refuse to watch as another is victimized man woman or child especially if it s our ultimate Mother When any woman any mother suffers we all do But what could I do I couldn t spend either money or time to fly down to Florida and help clean up the mess I didn t know how to stop the leak I could write to my state senators representatives and members of the U S Congress but that didn t feel like enough When any woman any mother suffers we all do Every night when I went to bed I hoped for inspiration Every night I chanted the words I felt the words I fell asleep to the words branded in my thoughts Every night I wanted to scream out so the world could hear them too WHEN ANY WOMAN SUFFERS ANY MOTHER SUFFERS WE ALL DO Some nights these words kept me awake They began to create a life of their own a rhythm a pounding that repeated itself over and over When any woman pound pound any mother pound pound suffers pound we all do The drumming was soft but strong One night along with the drumming I began to hear whispering The whispering grew louder and louder Do you feel it Do you feel it The single whisper combined with other voices women s voices I heard them I felt them They were coming to life They were giving me a message They were demanding demanding that their message be given a voice The message grew and expanded until it was too big too much for me to keep inside I sprang out of bed rushed downstairs and with determination to keep up I wrote 1 In 2017 I wrote a book about the attack my healing and the awakening that came because of it I Know Now A Woman s Healing Violence to Victory Trauma to Truth 74
Illustrations Whisper 2013 10 x13 acrylic on canvas page 7 Lean In 2013 10 5 x13 acrylic on canvas page 9 Do You Feel It 2013 8 x11 acrylic on canvas page 1 1 Wonder 2013 8 x11 25 acrylic on canvas page 13 Her Rhythm 2013 9 x12 acrylic on watercolor paper page 15 Enough 2013 8 x11 acrylic on canvas page 17 Silenced 2013 9 x12 acrylic on watercolor paper page 19 We Cry 2013 9 x12 acrylic on canvas page 21 77
The Story of Cinda and Manon In 2011 almost a year after ROAR went viral on the Internet Cinda came across a piece of art on a friend s Facebook page The painting was of a field of hearts swaying in the wind with the saying Can you feel it The comparison to the Do you feel it from ROAR caused Cinda s heart to skip a beat With some research Cinda found Manon s website and could see that her paintings were in alignment with the energy of ROAR After Cinda connected with Manon she learned that Manon had been painting women as a way to find her own strength power and voice When Manon read ROAR she was altered felt deeply connected to the words and was honored to be asked by Cinda to paint her inspiration Little did she know that the process would became part of her own healing journey The collaboration between these two women who unknowingly tapped into the same energy around the same time using their own artistic media to express what they were feeling is captured in this vision board that Manon created They celebrate their journey together by inviting you to join with them in your own ROAR of NO MORE and ENOUGH