Sunday, September 29, 2013

The Goddess and the Bear

Scheeweisschen by Catrin Welz-Stein
 Image: Catrin Weltz-Stein

The fruit falls swiftly from the tree,
the bear stands silent in the lake,
the figure crucified is seen
upon the framework of the dream.

With arms spread wide and silent eyes
they lift her high upon the boughs
and turn her face towards the south
where white-flanked cows raise shining knives
above the meek and pious brows.

With sure and steady strokes they strip
pink flesh from each initiate,
to bathe in sacred waters then
the raw-bled truth of god and men.

The wise man watches, monkey-faced
and clasps each paw in full embrace
around the pierced and bleeding feet
of Woman, raised … her Self to meet.

Then gathered in bright, whitened arms
the corpse is carried to the edge
of water, sanctified and deep
wherein the Goddess counsel keeps.

To lie beneath the water’s chill
and watch through full and empty eyes
the blood-washed sacrifice above
has been her greatest act of love.


  1. the woman raised (and made sacrifice) herself to meet....geez...intense and disturbing a bit...nice parallelizm to christianity as well....

    so what are you renovating?

  2. I am just getting to the end of a massive repair project in essence and it has run over by about ten days, after a month, and I leave for Africa again in four days.... basically the ceiling began to fall down and we found that it has not been screwed in place properly after 15 years living here. Sigh. In essence, we moved everything out of the house; had some ceiling replaced, others re-screwed and then flushed, sanded and re-painted. Massively dusty and messy. But to complicate things we have radiant heating in the ceiling so had to have insulation removed, heating rolled back and then electrical work done replacing old (hot) transformers with new (cold) and then when work done heating restored, not completed yet, insulation to go back - Tuesday and then electrical work completed Wednesday. More than enough to keep me too busy....

    1. oh heck...that sounds like a massive project indeed...hope everything goes well...

  3. oh heck that gave me shivers-- most of all the monkey faced man for some reason... heck... tight images..

  4. The surrealistic ways that you tied this into a story that seems like almost like a mythological story... love the images, and especially the rawness and brutality of the words... Since I used the same picture I find it so interesting how we did it so different.

    1. But that is what is so wonderful - we all see the world through our own eyes and words.

    2. One could go one step further and say that we all live in our own head.
      Your poetry remains as powerful as ever, even in your present state of upheaval.

  5. Lots of power in this. Your choice of vivid, violent words make this very dramatic. It elevates the significance of woman (goddess) to a whole new level and in a unique new way.

  6. Pretty dramatic and a little graphic. It is October!