Friday, November 14, 2014

Going To Water

For every moon,
there is a dance.
For every dream,
there is a sickness.
Words are a witch's womb and water.

To fill your eyes with fire and sunrise,
face the east.
To get clean,
get naked.
To walk the wet depths,
release your father's fear of drowning.

Go under.
Go under.
Go under.

There is more than one way to breathe.

Note: Going to Water is the name of a Cherokee purification ritual.

Inspired by Freddie Mercury, Marian offers up some thought -provoking prompt / questions at Real Toads.  I chose to work with "how you think about your stage and how and why you have put yourself on one."

16 comments:

Sylvia K said...

Love it, as always!! Hope you have a great weekend, MZ!!

Björn Rudberg said...

I love it even more reading your notes...

Susan said...

Exquisite! I love the ways you share your heart's breath.

Marian said...

holy hell this is intense MZ! yes, yes.

Hannah said...

This strips down on so many levels, Mama Zen...effective.

peach blossom moth said...

My goodness, the last line is powerful. Also "to get clean, get naked." The most profound statements are often the most obvious, with a subtle twist that features a bit of embedded extra meaning. "Release your father's fear" is also sage advice that sounds so simple but is really probably much more complex than it seems. Outside the prompt, I see this as a childhood molestation story; the only way for the girl (probably all grown up by now) to survive ("breathe") is to kill herself.

Gail said...

So real because we often carry other's fears with us.

The last line is a wisdom we all should know.

Excellent.

Susie Clevenger said...

Amazing..

Buddah Moskowitz said...

Beautiful and strangely Zen. Attagirl, Mama Zen.

Cara H said...

Beautiful words of wisdom. But ain't no way y'all want to see me get naked! ;-)
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Brendan said...

This reminds me some of William Stafford, who wrote a poem a day all his life and had a bone-deep bond with his Native American ear and sensibility. Walking out onto the performing stage is always a surrender -- to get to what Emerson called "abandonment to the nature of things." To live that Yes so wildly and precariously. Even after one, like Freddie, has "gone under."

Kerry O'Connor said...

Purification through water, fire and word. Just perfect, MZ.

humbird said...

Wise words, sound advice to go under...in all meanings ...deeper. ~ Thanks, MZ.

Kathryn Dyche Dechairo said...

Deep and intense. Love it.

Fireblossom said...

This sounds like fine advice on writing. or sex, or ...

grapeling said...

I hear "I Zimbra" by the Talking Heads, somehow, in that refrain ~