Motherblood

from Keep Left at the Fork by Leslie Hudson

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12 Motherblood
The Gift -- A matriarch stands at the start of her line, her daughters stretched before her. She sees women who will suffer so she gives them a gift, a gift of experience. She charges her daughters for all time to remember her memories, and calls her gift of grief a blessing. There is wisdom waiting at the bottom of the tower. Remember this, she says. I remember. I was there. I was there at the beginning. The ogham fid is Coll for wisdom and true judgment.

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MOTHERBLOOD // I had a vision where I saw her standing / as though on a cliff staring down at the face / I watched her crying her tears into handfuls / of crystalline saline: a grieving of grace // grief that passes from mother to girl / for every daughter a gift to take with her into the world // I watched the passing of legacy teardrops / wind all down the mountain, an unbroken line / spiralling women of sorrow remembered / in their handfuls of memory, dark and divine // grief that passes from mother to girl / for every daughter a gift to take with her into the world // I am the daughter who dared to look down and / consider the gift I’d been given was more / than the curse of our motherblood staining our dresses / and tears became pearls rolling back from the shore // daughter to mother the pearls wound their way up the mountain to find her / matriarch, all of your daughters today bring a gift from the water // grief that passes from mother to girl / from every daughter a gift to take with you into the swirl // a grief that passes to mother of pearl / from every daughter a gift to take with you into the swirl / into the swirl // motherblood / motherblood //

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from Keep Left at the Fork, released March 19, 2020
Photo by Will O via Unsplash
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Leslie Hudson Stratford, Ontario

Leslie Hudson is a Canadian singer songwriter and pianist. Her albums range from storytelling styles to bluesy bar rock to dialed-up, full-band homages to pop culture. With lyrical piano skills and a voice that cuts through the crowd, her songs dive deep into archetype and folklore, modernizing ancient voices as she shines a spotlight on the paths women walk through life, myth and media. ... more

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