and threaten to destroy everything.
She is stretched and tested
by the pushing,
The weathered door whistles and bends
causing her to tremble and quake.
Run She does not.
Collapse She does not.
Bravely, She braces the splintered door
when gales whip and shake.
Give up She does not.
Curse the heavens She does not.
It is a destructive wind –
too much for one woman.
Fearful She is not.
Alone She is not.
Thirteen grandmothers stand with her –
skin pressing skin, muscles flexed, feet digging in.
Mightier than a major hurricane,
She is protected by her motherly guardians.
They whisper in her ear –
“Stand strong, child,
We are here,
We won’t let you fall.”
She closes her burning eyes and breathes
them into her core. One by one they become her.
Poseidon’s fury is no match for
a woman robed in ancestral armor.
She laughs at the gods
and smiles at the heavens.
She knows there is a calm
beyond the door,
beyond the storm.
Artist Sammi Lee at the Mayan Ruins of Coba, Mexico
This poem was modified from a poem I wrote for my third poetry collection, Being a Woman – Forthcoming. For those who have read this collection, if you look closely, you will notice several familiar phrases from the original poem (same title), but it took on a new (and longer) life last night.
The digital art, titled “Anandamaya,” that inspired this expansion, was created by my artist daughter, Sammi Lee. Sammi is also the illustrator of my three Being a Woman Collections. There is something truly magical about merging my daughter’s work with mine. I never know what is going to show up and I am beyond grateful when it does. ✨ I last did this in October, in my post, “Shedding Skin.” You can see more of Sammi’s art, including artist fashions, at Mintaka Collection. Clicking on her name will take you to her artist’s page. Who knows, maybe her art will inspire you to write poetry! 😍 Or shop! 😁
Featured musician, Nina Simone. Check out my poetic prose post, “A Note to Nina and Betty” to learn more about Nina and how she inspired me in the classroom.
Thank you for visiting, reading, and listening! Be well. 💗 Michele
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Image 1: Digital drawing by Artist, Sammi Lee, “Anandamaya” Photo 1: Sammi Lee at the Mayan Ruins of Coba, Mexico
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