Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Death and Resurrection

Yards and yards
Of heavy black serge
Covered every inch of me
Save face and hands
Not a curve
Not a limb
Not a hint
Of my beautiful
Could be seen.

No wind
Could blow through my hair
Swirl my skirts
Around my thighs.
Warm moist earth
Never ticked
My firmly-shod feet.
Thus was I bound
Bride of Christ.
For twenty-five youthful years,
The male magisterium
Male theologians
Male spiritual directors
Properly dressed
My body
And my soul.

Then God the Mother
Released me
Sensual woman
Earthy woman
Beautiful woman
Am good.

-Marcelline Niemann

Painting by Elisabeth Slettnes

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