Saturday, March 3, 2012

It is Through You

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You are not apart from Her,
but a part of Her.

It is through your eyes that Her beauty
gains form and story,
and too that heart-wrenching lament
that initiates boys into authentic manhood.

It is through your ears that Her song
finds the drum and rhythm,
and too that ancient requiem of longing
that Sees the wild yearning to be
seen in the woman who has not fully
forgotten what a humming child
knows of liberation.

Through your calloused hands,
She touches her own body.

Through your bare and wanting feet,
She can travel to places of Herself
in the way that
none of us can go alone.

So, this I must say:

Take no part in your tale of unworthiness.

Make short banter with all language of doubt.

Let there be no more epic sagas in which the hero
falls silently upon the very sword that She
has forged for him of Her very own
smelted heart.

No Sir.

As a part of Her myself and upon Her behalf
in the manner that serves all kin
baring close resemblance to the
Breath of Life,

I ask of you this with a polite
yet rabid fierceness, because anything else
would be too small an effort in lieu of
what is most important,

Do this:

Upon every tender inspiration,

Upon every harrowed vulnerability,

let your tongue drip
with languid bliss and humor
the wisest of trembling pearls –

all the while knowing,

you speak,

with the Mother’s tongue.

(c) 2012-2018/Jamie K. Reaser
From "Coming Home: Learning to Actively Love this World"
Published by Talking Waters Press

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  1. Simply Sensational... the most erudite and sagacious poem i have read in the longest while, truly beautiful!... thank you!

  2. Oh my...said with such beauty and knowling and heart. Thank you, sister. <3

    1. Thank you Alyce. Honored by your words and sisterhood. xo

  3. mothers and fathers can influence a child in any direction. what i really appreciate about this poem is the importance and power you identify with such influence. the feeling i get is one of divine creation, like the wind can make the water rocky or calm. we certainly have to be right with ourselves to do right by those in our inner circle we claim to love. terrific piece.

    1. Thank you Ed - for your thoughtfulness, kind words, and presence.