Every moment, a voice, out of this world,
calls on our soul, to wake up and rise.
I Crave the Quickening
There are days when you realize
that who you were is no longer who you are.
This could be a curiosity or a cause for grieving.
When we wake up, sometimes there is anger
at having been sleeping so long.
I get it. I really do.
Most of us have felt this way on one day or another.
Roll around on the ground for a while
hugging your knees to your chest
and wailing poetic distress if you must, then, get up!
We have work to do -and- you may be late,
or, perhaps right on time.
Today I am weaving with the lightning
of the gatekeepers who keep the gates of my circles.
Their threads are woven of the elements of course,
Earth, Air, Fire, Water, Ether and Shimmer
My hands, no longer as quick as they once were,
are eager to see just what we might have made together.
Something I have never seen before emerges
as our common past threads create the fabric
for the uncommon future. Something
that wasn’t going to happen unless you showed up.
Yes. You. You there, the woman I saw
in the darkening lamplight at the red thread café that night.
That was before now, before the quest.
Before all visionary visions and late night teas
with my midnight muse or yours in the alchemy of soul fire.
A restless one aren’t ya? Ah. Me too.
It’s been quite a journey now hasn’t it?
We have been traveling forever to get here, haven’t we?
There is a quickening now because of you.
I can feel it moving like a storm brewing over water.
Rumbling. Humbling. Humming. Stirring the deep.
I sense that these gatekeepers are dangerous
in the best possible way.
They make me shake in my boots. Quaking to presence.
Tremble oh ye world of sleepers.
The wakened women have come
to rattle the windows of the soul with paintbrushes
filled with gold paint and stardust. Keep Watch!
Latch your doors if you desire to keep the sleep.
Things will never be the same again.
Those of us who have been waiting for this day
will do a jig in magenta boots with magic capes of scarlet
painted with poetry in a foreign tongue.
This isn’t a private party. But. There is an initiation.
What’s that you say – what will be required if you attend?
Well the quickening of course.
You have to agree to be quickened.
Which is a riddle only the initiates can ask you.
Don’t ask me the passwords.
I am only the weaver and the maker of the tea.
I joined this circle because I crave the quickening.
This poem was inspired by the Graduating Color of Woman Class of 2016
p.s. we are re-sharing some of our favorite poems from my poetry books
The call to stay sleep is great. To seperate ourselves from the hullabaloo. The just step out of the ‘race’.
Yet there is another call that has a stronger pulse, the quickening. The joy of open eyes. Of seeing what there is. Do you feel that?
When we realize just how ‘asleep’ we’ve been – sometimes for many years – to our own needs, desires, the very calling of our soul, we may feel anger, sadness, or even ask ‘is there still time to wake up in my life?’ It can feel like a lot of work to awaken. Or like too big of a risk. It is.
Here is something you can do:
Acknowledge the part of you that is the most hiding. Invite that part of you to tea. Give them a pen and paper and let them speak. The hidden self has the remedy to awakening that doesn’t come from logic. Awakening rises from the murky depths of mystery…and it is worth it.
This doesn’t mean you have to take it all in or take it all on. It means you get to CHOOSE what to take in and what to take on.
For us this also means taking a break as needed. Playing and resting.
If you are in the Monterey area come on by the Pacific Grove Art Center for my art opening – The Sacred Invitation on Friday night
Last Sunday I enjoyed an afternoon off with my love, good cowgirl wine and mythic stories. There is a quote from Dr. Martin Shaws new book, The Night Wages after the events – a writing that rouses awakening…
- ONLINE: Red Thread Guide starts April 4th. Access the skills and tools you need to guide circles of transformation.
- PACIFIC GROVE CA: March 1 – Shiloh Sophia Art Opening + Reception:
The Sacred Invitation. Free admission, come celebrate with me!
- NEW YORK : March 2019 – The HERSTORY PROJECT. United Nations Commission on the Status of Women Details + Registration Here – both free and registration required events available!
- SONOMA CA: March 16 – Uncoiling DIVA X with Shiloh Sophia
- SONOMA CA: March 29-31 – SOUL POWER Cosmic Cowgirls Gathering
- WOODSIDE CA: April 28 – The Gospel According to Her
- NEW ORLEANS LA: May 24.25.26 – Apothecary Medicine Painting Workshop with Shiloh Sophia & Jonathan McCloud
May LOVE be at the CENTER of all CHOICES