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WOMAN'S WISDOM by Rhea Ruth Aitken

Woman's Wisdom  
How does she nourish a hungry soul? When the pains are raw Biting at her, unbidden Making her want to scream  Loud and wild Desperate and wanting.
How does she feed an empty space? When all is elusively floating Unobtainable and distant Out of her reach Yet are desired so deeply Flame red and burning Inside of her very core.
How does she begin?  To become the woman That is impatiently waiting  Her pleading eyes, her piercing cries Hands reaching far, not yet touching To bring her to that knowing                       Of her soul's desire.
How does she placate the screams? And nourish the need                    For that knowing peace  When she walks a labyrinth Blinded by high walls And blocked pathways The essence of her Imprisoned in the obscured Sacred place she cannot see.
Only in the sacrosanct space of silence Does she so clearly see The face of her mirrored self:     In the depths of her wanting eyes On the lips of her starved mouth She sees the wisdom waiting  To unfold, to unlock Her abu…
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* Originally published by Literary Yard, March 2018 *

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