Counting Down – Eight…

22 Dec

Today, i feel out of touch, disconnected.  And we talked last night – IM’ed – this feeling is not about Him, not about us – it is me, i think. 

Winter solstice – the words conjure images for me.    Dancing sky clad in the woods around a fire – perhaps a velvet cloak as homage to the cold.   A celebration of the sacred, so ancient that the power of the feminine is honored.  

i should have gone to the gathering last night.  It was held in a church, and i doubt if anyone got naked, but it might have given me a deeper connection to the universe.   Or maybe not.  This year, i’m having to shift and redefine my Christmas celebration.  Not for the first time, but i forget how painful change can be.

But my blog, and youall, are a blessing in my life.  So there’s a poem by Patricia Lynn Reily that i want to share with you.  With apologies to the male readers – i hope you enjoy it too, but it is specifically a poem for the women in my life.  


Imagine a woman
who believes it is right and good she is woman.
A woman who honors her experience and tells her stories.
Who refuses to carry the sins of others within her body and life.

Imagine a woman
who believes she is good.
A woman who trusts and respects herself.
Who listens to her needs and desires and meets them with tenderness and grace.

Imagine a woman
who has acknowledged the past’s influence on the present.
A woman who has walked through her past. 
Who has healed into the present.

Imagine a woman
who authors her own life.
A woman who exerts, initiates, and moves on her own behalf.
Who refuses to surrender except to her truest self and to her wisest voice.

Imagine a woman
who names her own gods.
A woman who imagines the divine in her image and likeness.
Who designs her own spirituality and allows it to inform her daily life.

Imagine a woman
in love with her own body.
A woman who believes her body is enough, just as it is.
Who celebrates her body and its rhythms and cycles as an exquisite resource.

Imagine a woman
who honors the face of the Goddess in her changing face.
A woman who celebrates the accumulation of her years and her wisdom.
Who refuses to use her precious life energy disguising the changes in her body and life.

Imagine a woman
who values the women in her life.
A woman who sits in circles of women.
Who is reminded of the truth about herself when she forgets.

Imagine yourself as this woman.

For more of Patricia Lynn Reilly’s inspirations, visit her site:

 With love,



8 Responses to “Counting Down – Eight…”

  1. sin December 22, 2010 at 6:40 am #

    That’s beutiful isn’t it? I know I am some of those things. And some I am becoming. And some of them I won’t be, because they simply aren’t me, despite the beauty and wholeness of the poem.

    Thank you so much for sharing it. I’m going to look at her site.


    • aisha December 22, 2010 at 7:07 am #

      I’m glad you liked it, Sin. I actually thought that some of it would not be “you” and hoped that you’d like it anyway.


  2. nilla December 22, 2010 at 11:15 am #

    when i imagine that woman, i *know* she is you…*smiles*

    let me remind you…you are beautiful, you are cherished; you are wisdom and caring and nurture, braided. you are centered peace, and you are sexual frenzy; you are want and need and sated and satisfied. you are the reflection of those who have passed before, and the face of those who come after.
    you are special, and unique.

    most of all…you are loved.



    • aisha December 22, 2010 at 7:13 pm #

      ‘Nilla – you’re a poet. Love the description, think it describes you about as well as anyone. You know, we say that the flaws and the virtues we see in others are really our own.

      But I like the idea that you thought of me. When I first read the poem – about 10 years ago – it blew me away. Like Sin, I thought it was part me, and part who I was becoming. But it was pretty much all who I wanted to be.

      So, anyhow – you are all those things you said – and loved too!



  3. Kellyred December 22, 2010 at 4:05 pm #

    Thank You aisha.

    • aisha December 22, 2010 at 7:14 pm #

      {smiles} aisha

  4. mouse December 23, 2010 at 1:25 am #

    that’s beautiful!

    Happy Holiday’s and hugs,

    • aisha December 23, 2010 at 4:02 am #

      Thanks, I’m glad you liked it, Mouse.

      Happy Holidays to you and your family too!


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