assignment: a prayer in celtic style

A Prayer for Women

“By a woman and a tree the world first perished.”

I wish, O Son of the living God,

eternal, ancient King,

for reconciliation between the sexes,

that I might answer your calling.

I pray, O Son of the living God,

eternal, ancient King,

for —

I wish —

that —

Mother, Child,

Goose of the Wild,

Keep me from despair,

Hear my prayer.

I pray, O Child of the living God,

eternal, ancient Queen,

for compassion in men’s hearts

that they could view women as clean.

I strive, O Child of the living God,

eternal, ancient Queen,

for a new paradigm, not princess or bitch,

that views women as strong and not mean.

I hope, O Child of the living God,

eternal, ancient Queen,

for society to know women have worth

after their children are weaned,

or at least after the age of eighteen.

I long, O Child of the living God,

eternal, ancient Queen,

for rest within the body that is me,

that I may be serene.


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