Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Isis on my Mind by Yeye Luisah Teish


''Reflection of Beauty Shining (Forever)''  by Elisabeth Slettnes

Look at Her!
Sitting there on that Throne.
Like She be the Ancient Queen
Like She be the Earth, so green.
Mother with a Thousand Breasts.
Look at Her!
Sitting on that throne.
Like She be the brightest Light.
Like She be the Darkest Night.
The Sparkling Jewel of the Nile.
Look at Her!
Sitting there on that Throne.
Like She be the Everything.
Like She be the outstretched wing.
The Great Beginning and the End.
She looks at me.
Looking at Her Throne.
She says to me “I be we”.
She says to me “You be me”.
She says “Sit down you’re home.”
For Isis is the mirror.

© Yeye Luisah Teish July 9, 2020

A poem from the upcoming Girl God Anthology, On the Wings of Isis: Reclaiming the Sovereignty of Auset.

Luisah Teish is a storyteller-writer, an artist-activist and spiritual guidance counselor. She is an initiated elder (Iyanifa) in the Ifa/Orisha tradition of the West African Diaspora.

She is the author of Jambalaya: The Natural Woman’s Book of Personal Charms and Practical Rituals, and she co-authored On Holy Ground: Commitment and Devotion to Sacred Land with Kahuna Leilani Birely. Her most recent work is Spirit Revealing, Color Healing, a book of Zen Doodles.

She has contributed to 35 anthologies, notably Spiritual Guidance Across Religions: A Sourcebook for Spiritual Directors and Other Professionals Providing Counsel... by Rev. John R. Mabry Ph.D., Dan Mendelsohn Aviv Ph.D., Mans Broo Ph.D. and Rev. Cathleen Cox MAT MDiv (Apr 1, 2014) And magazines such as Ms., Essence,SageWoman, and the Yoga Journal.

She has articles and artwork in Coreopsis: Journal of Myth and Theater, and the Cascadia Subduction Zone Journal of Speculative fiction.

Her performance credits include:
Resonant Streams: An Ancient Call. St. John the Divine Cathedral, New York (2011)
The Praises for the World Concert, directed by Jennifer Berezan, Edge of Wonder Music. (2005) She has performed in Europe, Venezuela, New Zealand and the United States.

She teaches online courses, provides editorial assistance, facilitates conferences and weekend workshops, and performs in theaters worldwide.
Concert for All Beings, Marin Civic Center (2014)

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