3.24.2013

Steady On, Wild Woman

I have learned
that splitting logs,
cultivating body hair,
even watering the garden
with an infusion of stream water
and menstrual blood
doesn’t make you a Wild Woman.
Steady is the new Wild:
The radical act
of raising up the next generation
to best the mistakes of this one,
a need requiring quantities
of Wild mixed with Resilience
and not a small amount of Belief.
Steady on, Wild Woman.
We all rely on you.

Sherry Blue Sky asked the Real Toads to release our inner Wild Woman, no small task.

19 comments:

  1. Radical = from the roots, and so I second this for those that can do it with wild and steady and resilience and belief. Powerfully stated, with 3 starting points each rising to a crescendo. (I might add justice to renew morality.)

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  2. I endeavored to excel at parenting at a time when women were encouraged to do anything but. Come to womanhood in the late 70's, I was the rebel magna cum laude who didn't enter politics, but instead valued humanity. Was my first life's mission. Now that I've raised up the creations of my womb, I focus on words and images. Someday soon, I may even smoke my first joint. I AM WildWoman. ;-)

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    1. my journey's been the reverse... i had my kids late, lived a lot quite Wildly before :)

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  3. I'm sharing your poem with with my daughter ... the Wild Woman you speak of, the women we are relying on! Great write!!!!

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  4. I love this, Marian, especially "quantities of Wild mixed with Resilience and not a small amount of Belief" — I understand that completely.
    K

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  5. Love the message, Steady Hands, Steady Heart ~

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  6. Oh, Marian, I applaud these lines :
    Steady is the new Wild:
    The radical act
    of raising up the next generation
    to best the mistakes of this one

    I am getting high simply from reading everyone's poems!!!!! I love this!

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  7. p.s. the garden watering with menstrual blood was a nice touch too. I think I may have rubbed shoulders with some of those wild women, albeit unknowingly!

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  8. This is all that wonderful stuff I love about you all rolled up together.

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  9. Tough task it is too and I appreciate the contrast you've drawn between wild and brave. Enjoyed this very much.

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  10. Love this alternative wild woman! Being radical in the name of a new progress is certainly the trait of this wild woman!

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  11. I laughed, I sang, I cried... what more can one ask from a reading experience?

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  12. Yes, yes we do--we need her a lot. Great capture of yet another facet of the eternal feminine, marian.

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  13. the way you celebrated women and our most challenging role (as a mom) was beautiful, poetic and touching.

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  14. Yes, rock steady ;D
    I love the beauty in these lines~

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  15. That is the ultimage radical act! You're right. And you're brilliant!

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