Six months old she is
When I begin gathering her in my arms,
To gently rock her
Within the flames.
I stand by her fiercely
Every night, with love,
Sweep away the ashes
Of the no longer needed.
With ardent joy I watch her change
As the outer shell dissolves,
Her eyes take on a charcoal grey
And raw and radiant, she burns to live.
Stop, stop! her mother cries
Tearing tears from raging eyes,
Her fervent passion rivals mine,
Equal, by the love with which we’re both defined
What are you doing to my child?
I am seeing to her being wild.
Bone deep the memories I set alight,
To the song of the soul I sing each night.
I do not deliver death on one so small,
The smallness itself is all that dies.
Who questions me, when there’s only love behind
what to you appears, at once, harsh and strange?
I, born of eternal light divine,
I lit the wisdom in the child’s eyes,
Set smoldering, her limits, to shine her light free,
Turned resilient and bright all she can be.
Do not tear her from my arms
As with Demeter of old,
Do not misunderstand
Healing in unfamiliar guise.
Do not be mistaken
By what you’ve been told.
Though tried, she will rise
Brilliant and bold.
I know, for I too am self-made
And could not help but recognize
My kindred, spark which can’t be tamed
Which as well within myself resides.
Let me hold her,
Until she knows her name,
Until trembling, leaping
Through a waking world, she flies,
And with our ones
Who stir the sleeping,
Though she’ll not see
Her world the same,
She’ll be as the sun
Is to the dreaming
Rekindling the hearths
No one thought would blaze again.
Then through this life, let me carry her,
These trials, triumphs to the wise.
There is no loss here undertaken,
She is opening her eyes.