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WOMEN'S TIPI TIME by Krista Katrovas

This poem surfaced after experiencing, "Tipi Time," recently with my sister community…

When time is spent with only women, we heal, inspire, and empower one another. Without sister time, I don't think I would be able to breathe as easily. This poem grew out of my profound gratitude for women in my life, and all my sisters around the world. 

Women’s Tipi Time

We sat close to the fire,
poking it, adding wood,
watching the smoke
rise before escaping
through the funnel
of the tipi.
We formed a circle,
sent whirls of
dreams,
heart visions,
shared our heart wrenching life stories
mostly that men had burnt into our lives,
and placed them into the hands
of our ancestors
for them to carry.

Those prayers
are surely to find their way
into the trees
during this season of change
among the rusty leaves
that now break and fall
then land on the animal hide floor.

We, ladies, slept.
Head to the fire,
tossing in the night,
switching sides
when our child bearing hipbones
grew sore
from the hardening, cold ground.

Late in the night,
I took T.P. from the grocery bag
hanging in the tipi,
squatted outside,
spotted a shooting star between the canopy of trees.
From those woods
who take women’s burdens away.
I wished peace
for whatever may come of us all.

Krista Katrovas (E-RYT) has dedicated herself to the practice, study and teaching of yoga since discovering it in 1999 after dancing rigorously as a dance major in college. Krista has had scores of articles on Yoga, Wellness, and Spirituality published in nationally regulated magazines. She has a regular column at Elephant Journal here. She has taught Yoga in Prague every July since 2009 and has been sought to teach in Kuwait, Canada, Virginia, California, Kentucky, and Florida. She calls Kalamazoo, Michigan home, where she teaches Yoga, Meditation, offers Spiritual guidance, and practices Shamanism. She has cats, though also loves dogs, all animals. Her power animal is the Snowy Owl. Visit her yoga website here.


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