A poem to begin the journey

Hello Friends-

The Auburn Skye is just getting up and running, but I came across this poem by Lucille Clifton and I had to share it.  While this site is for anyone who wants to read it and for any who find value herein, I know that from my soul, I write as a woman and am moved deeply in my woman’s spirit by things that celebrate the beauty and power in the feminine aspects of nature and the human experience.  I found this on poetryfoundation.org, where you can find many more by Clifton and other excellent poets.  On this page, you can hear Clifton read her poem aloud.  I was never taught to be ashamed of menstruation, and know it demonstrates a mystery of womanhood.  Whether a woman is young and waiting for her first moon blood, having them regularly, or whose wise blood now runs only within, this poem speaks to the beauty in it all.

poem in praise of menstruation
if there is a river
more beautiful than this
bright as the blood
red edge of the moon          if
there is a river
more faithful than this
returning each month
to the same delta          if there
is a river
braver than this
coming and coming in a surge
of passion, of pain          if there is
a river
more ancient than this
daughter of eve
mother of cain and of abel          if there is in
the universe such a river          if
there is some where water
more powerful than this wild
pray that it flows also
through animals
beautiful and faithful and ancient
and female and brave

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