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Mothers by Jodine Derena Butler


Who says there is a God?
wishful thinking created by man
to control the masses; no
Mothers in sight – save Mary
but look
look what happened to her our Lady?
Mary Magdalene
will rise again, known by all her names
we will see them come, and recognise
fire, earth, sea and sky; Ishtar

we shelter in the rivers and forests
we gather all the sticks and stones
Mary emerald as the forest green
will ride with Rhiannons guiding moon
her shoes of moss and lichen
her cloak of rainbow silk: transformed
her eye’s like Innana shedding tears
as sisters mourn and do
all that’s dark and been before, will shadow us no more
she has awakened in terrible wrath and has unleashed a whore

Kali destroys and  makes anew
Pele knows which heart is true
Abundantia  makes it very clear
there are no more second chances here
Gaia,  Papatuanuku and Ostara, forging ahead new life
Innana, Dana and Isis surrounding them with light
Athena and Mother Mary have much to undo and teach
Aphrodite, Ostara, Nemetona and Ixchel
Mothers of divine healing heart
all these Mothers will guide us through without the slightest flinch

She is all Mother and we recognise her full
we run with open arms, no fear
she restores our wayward souls with care
she cradles our broken hearts to weep
and peace will be reborn again
where war has gone before with man
our raging rivers will forge and cut
ravage and avenge; our rivers
will shed tears of pain
new paths lest we forget

calling all our wonderous women
our voices banshee wail
we will hear them in our hearts full throb
and never fear again
here comes Persephone from the dark
the first to see the light,
Demeter fills an earthen jug that overflows with tears
she gently wipes her daughters feet to cleanse away her fears
and without Mothers no seed will grow
and so they must obey

but men are men, God or not
and evil still prevails
our Mothers cast all seeing eyes
and none shall let them pass
Zeus may watch with Ranginui
for both have known this day
Hades left enraged behind
his plans for her subdued
for she is with the Mothers now
a war he cannot  rule

Persephone is free at last
Who says there is a God?
for Goddess rule this world or ours
Papatuanuku birthing fruit
my Maiden showing me the truth wary as she treads
my Mother prays the safest journey our Mothers forged ahead
my oldest Crone will rest her bones on her dying day
and sisters will be reborn again and again
woven waxed and waned

© Copyright 2010.  Jodine Derena Butler.  All Rights Reserved

  1. Walter
    June 27, 2010 at 9:35 am

    Yes, Godesses have ruled this world of ours, we elevate them in myths, sing their praises . . . then for most of history, except now and then, relegate women to second-tier status in everyday affairs. For me this is a strong reminder of man’s (meaning gender specific, not hu-man-ity) ingenuousness. Strong piece.

  2. June 27, 2010 at 10:15 am

    Thanks Walter. This one took me a while to write, or edit more like. There are probably some parts that still need some tweaking. Jx

  3. deepee10
    June 28, 2010 at 9:45 am

    There is no “God” without the feminine divine. There is no family, no peace, no love, no kindness, no healing, no point, no humanity without the feminine. It has been repressed,abused and misunderstood. But the masculine is its friend not its enemy. A heart without a soul is nothing. Each makes the other clearer in purpose and gives meaning to the whole. But it doesn’t excuse any act of barbarism. One is one and only becomes two when we want to look at it that way, out of love or hate.I have made my choice.Good strong piece with lots of passion, just the way it should be.

  4. June 28, 2010 at 8:07 pm

    Yes Deepee and thank you for reminding me about the balance. I think we ‘people’ as a whole need to rethink our spiritual values in whatever form they take… or re-connect even on the smallest level which will have a huge impact collectively. Jx

  5. michelle elvy
    June 30, 2010 at 3:08 am

    Sing it, girl!

  6. drwasy
    July 7, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    Homage to the female deities. Love it. Peace…

  7. July 7, 2010 at 10:54 pm

    Yeah…don’t ya just love em’! So many to choose from, kinda like our moods… lol. Jx

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