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In the woods behind my house rest a collection of nine large flat rocks. Daily, I walk down to these “priestess rocks” for some sacred time alone to pray, meditate, consider, and be. Often, while in this space, I open my mouth and poetry comes out. I’ve come to see this experience as "theapoetics"—experiencing the Goddess through direct “revelation,” framed in language. As Stanley Hopper originally described in the 1970’s, it is possible to “…replace theology, the rationalistic interpretation of belief, with theopoetics, finding God[dess] through poetry and fiction, which neither wither before modern science nor conflict with the complexity of what we know now to be the self.” Theapoetics might also be described, “as a means of engaging language and perception in such a way that one enters into a radical relation with the divine, the other, and the creation in which all occurs.”

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Poem: Under the Moon

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Don’t mind me,

I’m out getting lost

under the moon,b2ap3_thumbnail_dogwood-flowers-with-prayer-beads.jpg

watching bats wheel

and vultures go to bed

and listening

to whippoorwills and starsong.

Don’t seek me,

I’m dancing with sunset,

studying the shapes

of clouds and leaves,

serenading violets

and waltzing with wild berries.

Don’t try to tell me

what to do

or ask me when the taxes

are due

I’m busy slipping between shadows

and under raindrops

and finding out where the river flows.

Don’t worry about me

I’m dialoging with crows

and dandelions,

watching butterflies dance

and remembering the witching

that was lost

when we stopping looking for the moon

and forgot to listen to flowers.

Don’t call me back,

I’m uncovering magic

and remembering dreams,

following secrets laid down

by moss and mushroom

and tracking down wisdom

in holy books of bark and stone.

 


Happy Beltane! Two relevant side notes: my Facebook group is co-hosting an online Beltane concert/ritual with the incomparable Celia Farran on May 1!

 

I also have a free May Magic prayerbook available in my most recent newsletter here.

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Molly has been “gathering the women” to circle, sing, celebrate, and share since 2008. She plans and facilitates women’s circles, Red Tents, seasonal retreats and rituals, Pink Tent mother-daughter circles, and family ceremonies from her tiny temple space in rural Missouri and teaches online courses in Red Tent facilitation and Practical Priestessing.

Molly is a priestess who holds MSW, M.Div, and D.Min degrees. She finished her dissertation about contemporary priestessing in the U.S. She is the author of Womanrunes, Earthprayer, and The Red Tent Resource Kit. Molly and and her husband Mark co-create Story Goddesses, original goddess sculptures, mini goddesses, pendants, and ceremony kits at Brigid’s Grove (http://brigidsgrove.com), where they also publish Womanrunes book and deck sets.

Comments

  • Jamie
    Jamie Thursday, 29 April 2021

    Molly,

    Loved the poem! Thanks for sharing the "May Magic" prayerbook with us, great stuff as always.

  • Molly
    Molly Tuesday, 01 June 2021

    Thank you so much! I didn't see your comment until today. :)

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