You are brave, you are Brave
You have conquered
You have taken in hand
those forces of disintegration
that threatened your existence
You hold them in your hands
your strong hands
they writhe but you hold them fast.
Your strength is a-mazing
your courage awesome.
Your wild hair flies in the wind.
Your wild eyes flame
– your mouth too.
Your sun-kissed naked body
stands firm on the high boulder
if it falls, it flies
if pierced through, it heals.
Guerillere – female warrior
overpowers the death beat
of the nation.
Your number is growing.
We will take them by storm
we will devour them
transform them in our powerful bodies
With this compost we will cultivate
we will nurture new life.
We will do as we have always done.
For a long time now the dynamo has been kept in a sound-proof room under lock and key.
But the dynamo has been seized by those who own it.
Its sound can be heard now
– it is not the loud discordancy of the pnuematic drill.
It is the smooth whirring – of wings beating, of hearts humming.
Its power produces
As we have always done, we will do –
Mother-warriors that we are.
© Glenys Livingstone 1980, with additions 2006.
with acknowledgment for imagery to:
Monique Wittig, Les Guerilleres. NY: Avon Books, 1973.
Robin Morgan, “The Network of the Imaginary Mother”, Lady of the Beasts. NY: Random House, 1976.
Charlene Spretnak, The Politics of Women’s Spirituality, NY:Doubleday,1982, p.87.
Published in MODERN WITCH Lughnasad 2008, p.8. and also at Return to Mago, February 20th 2013.