she’s present
returned to bite through the umbilical of tradition,
to flick her tongue
and cut loose the animus-god of our parents,
like a panther she roams the earth, she is eve wild in the night,
freeing minds from hard shells
and hearts from the confines of their cages,
she’s entwined in the woodlands of our psyches
and offers her silken locks to the sacred forests of our souls ~
naked but for her righteousness,
she stands in primal light,
in the untrammeled river of dreams
the yin to balance yang
the cup of peace to uncross the swords of war ~
through the eons she’s been waiting for her time
her quiet numinosity hiding in the phenomenal world,
in the cyclical renewal of mother earth,
whispering to us in the silver intuition of grandmother moon
watching us as the loving vigilance of grandfather sun ~
she, omen of peace birthed out of the dark,
even as tradition tries to block her return,
her power leaps from the cleavage of time

Original water color by Gretchen Del Rio
Original water color by Gretchen Del Rio, All rights reserved

Illustration ~ this lovely watercolor painting by Gretchen Del Rio with its girl-tree, panther and other spirit animals was the perfect inspiration for a poem on the spiritual return of the feminine. The real back-story on the painting is just as interesting. Gretchen says, “I painted this for a 14 year old Navaho girl. It is for her protection and her power. She sees auras and is very disturbed by this. She is just amazing. Beauty beyond any words. You can see into the soul of the universe when you look at her eyes. She has no idea. I loved her the moment I saw her. My blessings for her well being are woven into the art.” Such a delightful piece. I purposely posted it full-size so that everyone can enjoy the detail. Bravo, Gretchen, and thank you.

©2013, poem, Jamie Dedes, All rights reserved

2 thoughts on “her power leaps ~

  1. I agree, the poem is very powerful, Jamie. There is a dark, earthy power that is ever present in the feminine…I think it is intertwined with the menses, pull of the moon and the power of the womb which all women understand. I love this watercolor by Gretchen! She is so very talented, as are you. Both strong, creative and powerful women. This is an excellent pairing! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Your imagery reminds me of Lilith—returning, the predecessor of Eve who rejected Adam’s rule over her. Combined with the painting, it also evokes the Shekhinah, the feminine aspect of God in Jewish mysticism.

    These lines are so powerful—both in their verbs, from animal (bite and flick) and the shift to the more human (cut), and in the power of over-turning patriarchal tradition:

    “returned to bite through the umbilical of tradition,
    to flick her tongue
    and cut loose the animus-god of our parents”

    Liked by 1 person

Discussion is welcome! Thank you ...

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s