For I am the first and the last
I am the venerated and the despised
I am the prostitute and the saint
I am the wife and the virgin
I am the mother and the daughter
I am the arms of my mother
I am barren and my children are many
I am the married woman and the spinster
I am the woman who gives birth and she who never procreated
I am the consolation for the pain of birth
I am the wife and the husband
And it was my man who created me
I am the mother of my father
I am the sister of my husband
And he is my rejected son
Always respect me
For I am the shameful and the magnificent one.
This passage was first discovered in Nag Hammadi in the third or fourth century BC and claims to be a hymn to the Egyptian goddess Isis.
Aniscia Mosholder "prayers to the Theotokos, asking for protection"
Powerful poems, both.ReplyDelete
another perfect share! I can always count on you Kathy♥
I will be thinking of this post
as I go to my studio.
have a nice Tuesday; those are poetic wondersReplyDelete
It makes one think indeed!!!ReplyDelete
Both poems are powerful but I am particularly moved by the one that was found in the Nag Hammidi. It speaks so powerfully to the duality of all humans.ReplyDelete
Yes, both very powerful poems as we women should claim for ourselves!ReplyDelete
Beautiful post and poems! Thank you for sharing.ReplyDelete
i too love the powerful duality of the hymn of isis. it gives one pause and humbles to the core.ReplyDelete
thank you for that.
The images seem to complement each other, don't they?ReplyDelete
These passages are both so profound. The first gave me chills and speaks to me so deeply. As I move into my older years... I am grieving my barrenness... this prayer enfolds me and I no longer feel separate from the women who have given birth... this was a real gift to me Ruby... thank you.ReplyDelete
Such thoughtful words, thank you!ReplyDelete
Powerfully profound words!ReplyDelete