once I was a maiden and I had a poets heart
that attempted odes sonnets haiku and verse…
…oh goanna lizard beetle worm
possum wallaby kangaroo fern,
oh wombat bandicoot bird and glider
snake nest flower spider…
then I became mother and gained a warriors heart
unflinchingly baring my breast and wiping bottoms
next came the introduction to the sacred places
shepherding children up rocky knolls to dream on full moon nights
swimming in cold rivers
camping miles from shop or television
bringing home wounded birds echidna wombat
teaching respect and kindness
planting seeds gathering fruits
singing the songs and praying the prayers.
now I am crone
I am grandmother
and it is a wisdom heart empowered with joy and plenty sorrow.
listening to the earth
She calls me to response
to weave her story into your story so that you may know her
as mother and as home.
and so I offer my heartspeak
my place within this forest
my space within this earth
my words within this story
to you and you and you
that together gratitude and respect may once again flow.
8 thoughts on “C: a crones heart”
Oh yes, thank you for visiting my page and telling me about this. Do you mind if I repost it on my page?
I dont mind at all. an honour. thank you
I love the crone’s wisdom heart. You’ve changed my mind about crones. I personally have never liked the word, have always seen it as negative, as associated with the arthritic old with in Hansel and Gretel. But when you speak of her wisdom heart and of her connection to the earth, that’s beautiful.
one of my loves is reclaiming the power of womens words – how do you go with hag hasnt got a good rep has it. I do give thanks to the work of mary daly .
Love your take on the progress of life in terms of the heart. It gives a different feel to how we often view aging. Thanks for sharing and for visiting my blog earlier.:)
I guess I do tend to think of the heart as that which views inhabits and qualifies our life experiences- indeed thru the eyes of my grandchildren I have written about the innocent heart another stage in our development perhaps …
So…..with all these Australian terms, do I assume you’re an Aussie too? A lot of them made me smile – and I loved your imagery.
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C for Consider Every Angle
thanks leanne …so to set the record straight I was born in New Zealand but have lived my adult life here in oz so am I aussie am i kiwi ??? a bit of both and consider myself perhaps more of citizen of the earth…