Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Athena, SWF

I'm just a woman
with an owl on her shoulder
and the moon at her back.

I like the windows open,
and the air cold.
I prefer cloth to satin, silver to gold.

I didn't just roll in, some girl from the burbs.
I have marks on my body
from lessons sharp and black.

When you kiss me, if you kiss me,
put your hands on me high, and I'll close my eyes;
just don't forget my owl

with her vigilance,
her talons
and her soft deceptive cries.
________

not for any prompt. *facepalm*

18 comments:

Kathryn said...

Your words are so deeply powerful.

TexWisGirl said...

nice, shay.

Kerry O'Connor said...

Just gorgeous, Shay. I love all the little touches that suggest one who loves the night, the cold, a goddess both tempting and terrifying.

hedgewitch said...

Love the final stanza. Who, indeed, is the owl calling...

Sherry Blue Sky said...

OMG, those first lines! Brilliant! Love the owl on her shoulder, and the moon at her back. Sigh. Powerful write, kiddo.

K9friend said...

Oh, I love this one! I read it out loud because the line rhythms are so nice.

Pat
Critter Alley

Margaret said...

... very intriguing. Can't decide if the owl is a comfort or a warning... I suppose it could be both. Nice.

HermanTurnip said...

So, is this a physical owl, or an internal protective mechanism? This poem leaves me wondering. Nicely done!

Mama Zen said...

I love the rhyme scheme of this. No prompt? How exactly does that work?

myinnerchick.com said...

**I have marks on my body
from lessons sharp and black.**

LOVE)))!!! Xx

grapeling said...

you're a witch, right? because this opened exactly the cold window to Athena, and I got shivers

Grandmother said...

Carrying marks on your body and an owl on your shoulder brings me back to the women healers of earlier days with their animal guides. You're in a long line of wise women.

Shawna said...

I love the last stanza.

Sara said...

I like the picture of the owl and the idea of owl being on the shoulder.

The question is does the owl hold hostage or does it protect?

BTW I like owls and they have a bad rep, which is unfair.

Vesper said...

Shay, I love it, it's so strong... and the photo is perfect...

Joanne said...

Got pulled in by the photo. Deep and to the point. Inner power, great phrasing, as always.

Daryl said...

read that several times, each time i felt that tug ... and i love that 'photo'

Lydia said...

I don't want to leave this one. Will read it again before I go. How absolutely beautiful it is.
Love this: "When you kiss me, if you kiss me"
You are a wonder.