Earth-Mother: #poetry #Earthweal

Snake-charmer
Goddess-voluptuous 
Viper-venomous 
Whisperer-livewire 
Lover

Original-Author
immaculate-Sinner
Sorceress-Temptress
Seductress and
Mentor

Thundebolt-wielder
bounteous-Mother
Earth-spitting 
venom now breaking
asunder

You shouldn’t have crossed her
You shouldn’t have crossed her
Now cross your own heart
And admit that its over:

Cross your heart
Hope to die
Painlessly

Written for Earthweal Weekly Challenge: Mentors for a Changed World. Brendan has set us the following challenge:

‘Our times are dark indeed. For this week’s challenge, let’s write about mentors. Can these wise ones help with times like these? Can they rally and nourish a forwarding center? What are the figures, from myth and mystery, from the animal world and our dead, from prehistoric depths and personal history, who can tell us something important about going forward?’

For my mentor, I have chosen the so-called ‘Minoan Snake Goddess,‘ discovered by Sir Arthur Evans at Knossos in 1903. I say ‘so-called’ because the ‘Minoan Civilisation’ is a modern construct. The only written records left behind by the ‘Minoans’ have not yet been deciphered. So we interpret these figurines as we wish to interpret them, in the ‘light’ of our own ‘understanding.’ I’ve chosen to set up a few stereotypes about women in general and Mother-Earth in particular, then look at how these stereotypes may one day catch us out unawares: Mother Earth is more powerful than we think.

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  1. We might be trying to interpret whale songs as translate the Minoan, but it was original and vast. (Minoan burial practices fascinate me.) Waking consciousness was interfaced by the dark mother, and this goddess is primal. Neumann in his Origins and History of Consciousness asserts we have become far too invested in the thoughtful light and are in desperate need of rebalancing in the dark. For Earth’s sake, if it isn’t too late. Three degrees C of warming will surely bid Her dance … Great read and thanks for bringing it to earthweal – Brendan

  2. I love the shape of this poem, Ingrid, the use of kennings in a list, and the repetition of ‘You shouldn’t have crossed her’ is such an effective warning. The Minoans are an interesting choice for inspiration and I would try to stay on the good side of the so-called ‘Minoan Snake Goddess‘! Juxtaposing stereotypes is the best way to make people aware of them and show how they could catch us out unawares. The ending is chilling.

  3. This poem evokes so many feelings. Primarily it is clipped and chilling until the repeated warning that really punches. Thanks Ingrid.l just had to keep rereading. Love it x

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