Beautifully Raw

Beautifully Raw

 beautiful naked woman among the grass

The woman’s body is a vessel

A raw and open structure

A sacred vessel to carry,

Carry the pain, the beauty

The losses and the gains

.

Sacred are the limbs of a woman

Her toes dance on the dirt and hands reach to the sky

Her flesh becomes the bark of a tree

Telling a story for the ancestors

That returns in the smoke of a fire

.

The beauty is ours to keep

The beauty is ours to share

The beauty is ours to serve

.

Sacred are the breasts of a woman

Blessed to be given the ability to nourish a new-born soul

Sacred are the hands of a woman

Blessed to be given the ability to give healing touch

.

The beauty is ours to keep

The beauty is ours to share

The beauty is ours to serve

.

We sway gracefully like the willow in the summer

Stand proud like an oak in the fall

Stand strong like the pine of the winter

Our hearts full like a maple in the spring

.

So sacred we must keep it

Drinking the plants from our mother earth

Feeding our souls with fruits from the garden

Strength we must receive from the mighty rivers,

And grace from the creeks which feed our rivers

.

Our nerves, we must keep attentive,

As to feel the pain, the sorrow, the joy of others

And so we can replenish our hearts with that joy

For God, the plants and the animals, the molecules we coexist with

For our one human family.

.

The beauty is ours to keep

The beauty is ours to share

The beauty is ours to serve

.

So nourish your body

Nourish your soul

Keep the heart open

Feel the blood flow from your toes

Through your spine

And to the crown of your head

.

The beauty is ours to keep

The beauty is ours to share

The beauty is ours to serve

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