Pray to the Moon when She is round,
Luck with you will then abound,
What you seek for shall be found
On the sea or solid ground.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Poetry for the Esbat: Blood Moon 2011

This Esbat I chose a piece by Annie Finch, a poet I discovered through the Poetry Foundation's website. I do not know if there could be a poem better suited for the Blood Moon. It speaks especially to my women kin... about change & life & womanhood. Please enjoy.

Moon from the Porch
Moon has dusks for walls,
October’s days for a floor,
crickets for rooms, windy halls.
Only one night is her door.


When I was thirteen she found me,
spiralled into my blood like a hive.
I stood on a porch where she wound me
for the first time, tight and alive,


till my body flooded to find her:
to know I would not be alone
as I moved through the tides that don't bind her
into womanhood, like a flung stone.


With each curve that waxed into fullness
I grew to her, ready and wild.
I filled myself up like her priestess.
I emptied myself like her child.


Flooding, ready, and certain,
I hid her—full, fallow, or frail—
beneath each long summer's rich curtain.
It covered her face—the thin grail


that delivers me now. Now I’m with her.
All cast shadows come home.
I stand in these shadows to kiss her;
I spin in her cool, calming storm.


Now as I move through my own beauty

and my shadow grows deeper than blood,
oh triple, oh goddess, sustain me

with your light’s simple opening hood.

Annie Finch's blog "American Witch," filled with "poetry, magick & life" can be found here. For more, including additional poetry, prose, theatre projects, photos, etc., see her website here.
Blessings to you this Esbat my friends.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I thank you my friend, for sharing this poem. It was perfect for tonight, for me and for the understanding it brought. Missing you.

N.

Carol said...

I cannot express how beautiful this was! Certainly brings home to me the powerful pull of Her in Her fullest. Thank your for sharing.

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