her power leaps . . .

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 (The Poet by Day), All rights reserved

This piece is an except from 

The BeZine, 15 October 2015, Issue theme: Visual Arts

The BeZine is a publication of The Bardo Group/Beguine Again

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Categories: Spirituality

4 comments

  1. jrcowles said on October 28, 2015
    ***** WHOA!!!!! ***** This is one that begs for face-to-face discussion over a good merlot. Wish you didn't live so damn far away ...
    1. Jamie Dedes said on October 28, 2015
      :-)
  2. slpmartin said on October 28, 2015
    I think "Wow!" pretty much captures my emotion on this one...a wonder verse to complement the painting.
    1. Jamie Dedes said on October 28, 2015
      Thank you, Charlie!

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