Thursday, July 8, 2010

Gift Horse

So, solar eclipse, total, July 11, around 3:40 Eastern, 19 degrees Cancer. It operates like a super new moon. What are you going to start? What will you hit the reset button on? What will you begin to create? What gifts will you ask for?

People have to remember to craft their wishes carefully. The great writer and spiritual woman Luisah Teish addresses this in a funny way. One morning in her rituals she opened her arms and called out for Oshun to rain love and abundance down on her. She met a man she knew (and liked) while on the subway that morning; he was carrying a large burlap bag of black beans and as he reached out to her, the bag broke open and beans poured down on her.

They call it being a horse, when you're possessed by a spirit. I've never experienced possession; surrender and trust do not come easily to me. That's what this poem is about. The rune for gift is an X, two wills intersecting, leaning together.


The gift comes
Wrapped in so many layers
You begin to believe the
Giver is mocking you
As you get to the center you see
He did it
Because it is fragile


Slothrop said...

Not-So-Wild Gift! I love this one...reminds me of Anne Sexton's "Snow" (excerpt):

'Someone once said:
Don't bite till you know
if it's bread or stone.
What I bite is all bread,
rising, yeasty as a cloud.'

Are the layers necessary? Don't some people throw it down in a huff before they reach the gift? (A German 'gift' is poison.) A friend used to tell me, hey - you're not bone china. Fragility is a vanity all its own.

Maria Padhila said...

you make excellent points, as always, to the last. i'm still too enchanted with the gift to inspect its teeth. ;) and as for opening it, i like things that are a little tricky...