the divine feminine (an exploration in upper and lower cases)

the God I know
is male as our primate minds
understand maleness.  not sexless
as amoebae know immortality
in division, or even both sexes
jumbled in a mosaic
like a snail.  No, we shape God
into our own image and limit
Him to him, one gender
assigned to One who shaped two
or both

or none.

do we forget
a goddess might be fearless
& full of compassion
for all things

or be spent once
in violent universe-birthing
her body shattered to stars
in droplets of matter
spreading outwards
in a vacuum–

if there was sound
at creation
her cry is too far from our ears now
to hear anything
but echoes of it
hummed in stone

sometimes
she is the mother of god
or the lover, the divine eve to an adam
without falling

& sometimes
she dances on the edge of war
ravenous
her necklace of skulls
beads rattling together music
as she swallows life
in chunks torn bleeding
from the bones

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About Susan L Daniels

I am a firm believer that politics are personal, that faith is expressed through action, and that life is something that must be loved and lived authentically--or why bother with any of it?
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39 Responses to the divine feminine (an exploration in upper and lower cases)

  1. Bruce Ruston says:

    I really like the imagery of that last stanza very strong

  2. f there was sound
    at creation
    her cry is too far from our ears now
    to hear anything
    but echoes of it
    hummed in stone

    I imagine her voice -the sound of her creating- to be the “big bang.” If we can’t hear her could we nevertheless know she is there by looking upon her works?

  3. Kyle says:

    now, if god was a woman, i might feel inclined to believe in her

  4. Green Speck says:

    A poetic depiction of God and the Creation. Loved it a lot !!!

  5. Seb says:

    You’v convinced me. We probably need to get rid of this god we’re used to and get a better one, then.

  6. I love the contrasting images of a masculine and feminine God. You contrast these sooooo well! It is also very thought-provoking! :)

  7. I liked this poem very much, the way it is constructed is convincing because it combines both cerebral and passionate thinking, suitable for the theme I think.

    • Cristina–thank you! Yes–I think any speculation about divinity has to include those two things–mind, heart; and a third, less quantifiable thing, spirit–whatever we define that as :)

  8. Mama Zen says:

    Incredible imagery!

  9. jeglatter says:

    Love. Got chills at thinking what her cry would sound like at creation. Beautiful beyond words no doubt. :) The most beautiful sound ever made? Oh gosh, now it is hummed in stone…I am happy. Love it Susan!
    -jennifer

  10. nelle says:

    Interesting… my spirituality follows closely what Sue Monk Kidd outlined in Dance of the Dissident Daughter. so close in fact, when I read her words, she touched on experiences from my life, and it set off goosebumps.

    The story of Adam and a rib always annoyed me. Perhaps 20 billion births on this world over a few million years, and men try to claim the first, a been there done that sort of thing where they then claim to turn it over to women there on after. I don’t buy it. :-)

  11. She is capable of oh so much! And if only for that — for the immense potentiality in her flowing form and passionate willful purpose — it would be wise to acknowledge her. And respect her being.

  12. Thanks for the movie and the impressive music :-)

  13. jomul7 says:

    I have always deplored that idea of God as a he because God is beyond gender, race, skin color. The Hebrews even fear saying His name. It’s our small minds that put a face, a gender, a color on this divine being. Having read my share of greek and indian mythology, I have come to an appreciate of the ways in which us humans are inventive about the divine and this is a true statement to that.
    Thanks for this!

  14. Wow. Powerful. Is God a male or a female? The Ga people in my country refer to Him in both male and female terms, more of haemophroditic terms, but with dignity.

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