Tuesday, April 20, 2010

More poetry for April

Again, April is national poetry month.  In a previous post we discussed the importance of poetry to Pagan spirit and practice.  So, let us absorb a little more poetry. Here are a couple from the extensive, magical, and poetic internet site of - J.L. Stanley

Daughter of Bohemia

there are a thousand
years of peasant
women
dancing behind me
singing roughly
swaying
with sun cracked
faces
dirt hard hands
hands that knead
the loamy earth
dark and thick
as lovers' hair
hands raised naked
toward the downpour
unprotected from the holy water
unprotected from the earth's song
dancing deep
dancing long
I am the daughter
of the daughter
and there are a thousand
years of peasant
women
dancing behind me


Catechism for a Witch's Child

When they ask to see your gods
your book of prayers
show them lines
drawn delicately with veins
on the underside of a bird's wing
tell them you believe
in giant sycamores mottled
and stark against a winter sky
and in nights so frozen
stars crack open spilling
streams of molten ice to earth
and tell them how you drink
a holy wine of honeysuckle
on a warm spring day
and of the softness
of your mother who never taught you
death was life's reward
but who believed in the earth
and the sun
and a million, million light years
of being