Zoe FitzGerald-Beckett: The Path
I am missing them, those goddesses of old.
Healers and hags, saints and sages, the crones
and all the wild women. Oh, how I am missing
the wild women, the daughters of Ma’at.
They know this, of course. They hear my heart
calling for their terrible beauty to fill the world
again. And I hear them, just up the road, past
that curve I don’t like the look of.
I call ahead to let them know I am not afraid,
though my mother told me nothing of this,
and her mother told her less. And someone
it seems has removed all the signposts.
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I call again, louder, though some hesitancy abides.
For what can come of such a calling?
A bolt of lightening perhaps, because the air
now seems to hum and spark?
Or the seas may part, because suddenly
I feel a drowning sensation?
Or maybe, all mystery, that boulder
will roll away, the path ahead cleared,
because who in this world
has the strength for that work?
Instead, a push forward, far-forward,
and not all that gentle. I hear their sweet
laughter even as I stumble and straighten into
that first forced step.
Forward, yes. Forward always. But not alone.
Reprinted with permission from SageWoman #93, www.sagewoman.com
Zoe FitzGerald-Beckett lives in Appleton, Maine, where she is currently birthing a creative life, through writing poetry, collage-ing and gardening. Her work has been published in The Sun, PenBay Pilot, Zest, Maine and SageWoman. In 2017, she was the recipient of the first prize at the Plunkett Poetry Festival at University of Maine Augusta, for her poem “On the Edge.”