|Body painting designed by Chelsea Bednar |
to depict the African Mythological Goddess,
How do you say “no one is an enemy to water" in Yoruba?
How do you understand the kindness of Yemaya Oshun?
How do you get her attention to still boiling heart blood?
Woo her with cinnamon, with your own water nature.
Woo her floating on a still blue lake, your skin exposed.
Woo her by learning accents in her ancestors’ language.
Hearing, she will judge your need and what you have to offer;
Seeing, she will dowse your fire with her eyes and your tears;
Sniffing, she will take your smoldering incense offerings.
It is said she is gentle loving nurture incapable of jealousy.
It is said she is most beloved of the gods; she is fresh water.
It is said she is life. All women may be made in her image.
You will find her ready under the veneer of civilization
waiting with her twin sister Righteous Anger in her arms.
Go to them without fear to awaken kindness in your hands.
Posted for Artistic Interpretations with Margaret - Yemaya Oshun at Imaginary Gardens with Real Toads.
Copyright © 2013 S.L.Chast