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Her Body: In Response to a Friend Who Asked, “Should I Commit to Her?”

June 28, 2020




If you cannot–will not–
love her body like
one loves a planet,
the nebulous mystery
of her movement...
If from where you stand
your view is still
too short in sight, in breadth
and you can’t yet behold
the sheer wonder of her form,
if you are not yet ready
for a pilgrimage to her mountain,
do not begin.
Do not begin.


If you have not yet understood
how she is mountain–
and the valley and the
sky you need to breathe,
Do not commence.
You aren’t ready.
Her caves are deep,
her well without a bottom,
and you can drink–
or drown.
But cherish her
you must.


She must be loved
like forest,
like an ocean.
Like a birthplace.
Her body is your journey
but smooth and rolling valleys
are easy for the loving, and
how about her storms?
Her hurricanes, her hail?
The thousand hissing
coming all for you?


You ask to enter
the black of her temple–
but have you brought devotion,
to the cave where
one speaks with god?
Her slopes, her curves––
this is not a conquering
but a descent:
Her body is a journey,
but if you want the sun
without her clawing darkness,
it isn’t time.
It isn't time.


Will you have the patience
for her draught?
The weeks, the months it takes
to make a full stop
in her frozen places,
kneeling there, pressing
your heart into
where she is barren?
It might be here that
you spend a lifetime,
touching and praying with ice
until she melts
in your hands.


There isn’t a safe passage
with her, nor
a shortcut.
If you do not have
the rest of your life
to get lost on her paths,
do not go on!
Her body is your home,
but only from that day
when by surprise– and for your
own becoming–you glimpse
the universe
being her body.


Start then, then begin.

In her body, the whole
Earth is waiting
for your love
You have come for this.
Go. Risk your life.
She will give you
the world.

Words Stefana Serafina
Art photography by Judy Chicago





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