On June 6th, 2015, at the 21st Biennial Conference of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research at the Centre for Women’s Health and Human Rights in Boston, conference participants celebrated with an Open Mic evening of Menstrual Poetry to close out #SMCR2015. This is the second in a series of posts at re:Cycling that aims to give a broader audience to some of the poetry performed that evening.
Who is Witch? – by Giuliana Serena
She who sweeps the space, lights the candle, calls the circle, stokes the fire, fans the feathers, stirs the cauldron.
She who straddles the hedge, the edge, of culture and the wild, bridging the divide.
She who holds holy the mysteries of existence, practicing reverence.
She who brings forth the transformation of consciousness at will, as medicine for the people.
She who soothes, and comforts, and holds those in need.
She who chants and drums, and dances the spiral dance, raising the power, and giving it back.
She who keeps the old ways, and manifests new ones.
She who says yes, and no, with discernment.
She who knows all and nothing.
She who seeks knowledge, sitting at the feet of death, and of birth, as teachers.
She who dreams the world awake, drinking deeply of the divine.
She who journeys, and conjures, and sings over bones.
She who navigates the depths of the river beneath the river.
She who celebrates, feasts, and makes love with abandon.
She who walks the wisdom path, who carries the vast fertile ocean within, who cycles, who flows, who bleeds on the earth, then holds her wise blood inside.
She who draws down the moon, and the light of a thousand, thousand suns.
She who embodies the magical nature of the cosmos, the transcendent feminine force.
She who is Woman; Maiden, and Empress, and Maga, and Crone.
She who is rooted and grounded, present, aware.
She who is her authentic self, without apology.
She who is.
Giuliana Serena is a ceremonialist, Rites-of-Passage facilitator, menstrual cycle educator, and founder of Moontime Rising.