elysabeth faslund

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Earth-Woman - Poem by elysabeth faslund

I am woman and I have borne the Torah on a gold cloth
Over my shoulder.
I have consecrated its dust-leadened parchment,
Cradling the scrolls into temple darkness...
Clicked-shut the doors, saddened and empty.
I am of childbearing age...
I am crimson with life.
I have touched the Ark.
I have read the Covenant.

I cannot lighten the laws of heaven.
I have nothing to do with clouds or sin, but
I could have shown them where Eden was hidden...
The forgotten way going home again.

I have caressed the male god on his couch
In a ghost-haunted room, a candle-dark room...
Remembering a soul, but eyes with no spark.
I have soothed his forehead in the dead hours,
Softening his terror, silencing his scream,
'Mother, do not leave me again'.

I cannot replace the laws of heaven.
I have nothing to gain from angels or sin, but
I put him on the road to Eden...
The long-hidden path going home again.

I am woman and I come adorned with a
Mitre of thorns.
I own salvation, blessed and chaliced...
Giving to sinners,
Selling to saints.
I have witnessed the sins of gods.
I have dried the unwarranted tears of Eve.
I have confessed and absolved the dead.

I will not revise the laws of heaven.
I will not tamper with death or sin, but
I will wait for you in Eden...
At the end of the road going home again.


Comments about Earth-Woman by elysabeth faslund

  • Chinedu Dike (2/5/2018 7:40:00 PM)

    Compulsion set aside for sober reflection. A poignant piece of poetry written in heightened poetic diction with conviction. Thanks for sharing. (Report)Reply

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  • Terry Craddock (11/30/2015 11:12:00 PM)

    Weight Of Ages Hangs Heavy: Over Beginning Time

    the weight of ages
    hangs dust layers
    heavy over prehistories
    over forgotten beginnings
    spark beginning of time

    yet universal themes
    are past present future
    then now tomorrow

    are one continuum
    hung outside time
    instant eternal seals

    we meet in the laws
    of God parodox time
    or scientific big bangs

    born into first fears
    of life death struggled
    through into mortality

    immortality
    eternity
    serendipities

    knowledge ignorance pale
    into splintered or focused pin points
    of perception we are raised

    up by rare realization
    that all life is sacred
    salvation may be blessed

    chaliced damned
    by affixed laws
    or social judgements

    pierce society
    but ultimately
    we wise realize

    no laws are greater than love
    bliss of knowing compassion forgiveness
    kindness humility honour justice

    are all aspects
    of sustaining
    nurturing

    sacred power
    love freely given
    regenerating


    Copyright © Terence George Craddock
    Inspired by the poem 'Earth-Woman' by Elysabeth Faslund.
    Dedicated to the poet Elysabeth Faslund.
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  • Terry Craddock (11/30/2015 5:32:00 AM)

    The weight of ages hungs heavy over the beginning of this poem, yet the universal themes are past present future, then now tomorrow are one, we meet in the laws of God and time; born into the fears of life death struggled through into mortality immortality eternity, knowledge ignorance pale into splintered or focused pin points of perception, we are raised up by the realization that all life is sacred, salvation may be blessed chaliced damned by laws or social judgements of society; but ultimately we realize no laws are greater than love, the bliss of knowing compassion forgiveness kindness humility honour justice are all aspects of the sustaining nurturing sacred power of love freely given.10+++ enjoyed and saved :) (Report)Reply

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  • Elysabeth Faslund (10/25/2013 2:38:00 PM)

    Thank you. Now do you understand what I said by 1,000,000? (Report)Reply

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  • Ramesh T A (10/25/2013 2:01:00 PM)

    By this poem you try to take one to the beginning of world life itself! Thinking in the classical line is something quite interesting ever, it seems! (Report)Reply

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  • Captain Herbert Poetry (10/3/2013 7:13:00 PM)

    I rated 10.. beautiful poem (Report)Reply

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  • Reyvrex Questor Reyes (9/23/2013 7:42:00 AM)

    A salute to womanhood. The woman has awakened to the world, like never before. (Report)Reply

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  • Georgios Venetopoulos (9/22/2013 1:02:00 PM)

    Beautiful and powerful free verse with carefully chosen vocabulary. The expression Mitre of Thorns is a dualist philosophical point of view, that indicates the role of the woman-mother, and her sacred sacrificial role in life. The penultimate stanza is the culmination of the poem's theme, glorifying the nature and wisdom of the female nature. An excellent poem, written by Elysabeth.
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  • (9/12/2008 4:07:00 PM)

    This one is special. Well said. (Report)Reply

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  • Melvina Germain (9/2/2007 11:40:00 PM)

    I'll simply say, this is a very powerful poem and I like it very much, enjoyed the read, Excellent without a doubt. I would love to read the winning poem, it's hard to believe anything can beat this.--Melvina-- (Report)Reply

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  • (8/6/2007 4:04:00 AM)

    This has a grand sweep to it and expresses a wealth of self knowledge and reconciliation with the world as it is.. (Report)Reply

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  • (6/27/2007 7:36:00 AM)

    Powerful and beautiful, full of truth. I wish all the world could wake up to your words of salvation. (Report)Reply

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  • (5/16/2007 9:06:00 PM)

    Your earthwoman is superb as she strides passionately through the words of this magnificent poem about power and meaning and the truth of Eden Her way is nurturing not confrontationalist and offers love, not control. Superbly written piece to be read and re-read. love, Allie xxxx (Report)Reply

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  • (5/10/2007 6:28:00 PM)

    Elysabeth, this poem is so good I can't think of an appropiate comment. Ye gods! (Report)Reply

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  • (5/5/2007 10:56:00 AM)

    This is very powerful writing. Your words go down deep to the roots of wisdom. I will come back to this poem again and again. (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Poem Edited: Tuesday, August 13, 2013


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