The Limping Goddess: She-Who-Survives

new moon musings . . .

with my slight yet significant fall on the beach on a large rocky outcropping in laguna as I was tracing a constellation in the night sky triggering sensitivity to all walking wounds mixed in with recent stories of other women with knee surgeries, knee pain, needing leg healing, support, & strength I was struck, though not really surprised, to return from the Winter NAMM Show to find this poem staring up at me when I opened the pages on my we’moon calendar for 2010:

The Limping Goddess: She-Who-Survives
by Pesha Joyce Gertler, 1983

She limps into the room
bent with the cargo of rape, battering
single-parent mothering and bureaucratic neglect
if she is fat or gay or nonwhite or Jewish
the pains multiply; she has carried them all.

Her lotus feet have trudged this planet
for aeons; torn tennis shoes tell how far she’s traveled.
She hunches against the winter wind,
her second-hand coat like a blanket
she wraps around her golden body.
Occasionally, she flies over buildings,
lands on tree tops,
is mistaken for a fat bird.

And occasionally, she falls,
intensifying her limp.
But make no mistake; that golden skin was mined in the black earth,
her feet, though limping and calloused,
are the lotus feet of She-Who-Survives.
A broken yet shining forgotten deity
returning, and there are millions
ike her, multi-colored, limping Goddesses
returning to lay down our cargo and reclaim our own.

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LIVE brief clip of Amy Clarke at NAMM 2010 singing her original “RAIN COME ROUND” (forthcoming 2010) CLICK HERE

when will the rain come round again?
this land is getting barren
and I am sinking in the sand
oh, and I can sense a pattern here
dancing with desire
but now I am fighting fire
don’t you worry my friend
I will be there until the end…

more to come…

AMY CLARKE on Facebook
(c) MAAT Music, ScorpFaery Productions

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The Limping Goddess: She-Who-Survives

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