(Poem) Dear Sister by Angelika Heike Rüdiger

[Poet's Note: A reflection on women’s solidarity inspired by an essay on a historical subject.]

Dear sister, calling my solidarity
Because I am a woman,
Tell me, dear sister,
Where have you been
on that dark day they cast me out
because I am of other faith than you ?
Tell me, my dear beloved sister,
Where have you been,
When sly averted faces ,
Passive hostility and hissed insults,
Secretly circled slander
Made every step of me a trail of torment?
Dear sister,
Why were you not ashamed
to show a false and lying face to me
filled with faked friendliness,
yet would not speak a word for me
when I was accused falsely?
Was it not you, dear sister,
Who would call me mad,
because I would not love,
as they had bidden me?
and do I not remember
your gleaming face,
your cheering mouth
when fire-flames
licked on my bridal bed
the stake of wood?
Oh, sister, what’s the secret of your inner heart?
Why do you call my solidarity?
Hexenschlaf (Sleep of the Witches) by Albert v. Keller  When the women were burned the extreme high concentrations of carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide made them pass out "fall asleep" ( and die), even before they felt the pain of burning.  Superstitious people believed this was a "last favour" the Evil one did for his "brides."
Hexenschlaf (Sleep of the Witches) by Albert v. Keller
When the women were burned the extreme high concentrations of carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide made them pass out “fall asleep” ( and die), even before they felt the pain of burning. Superstitious people believed this was a “last favour” the Evil one did for his “brides.”
The poem was inspired by some musings on the fact that very often in societies where the rights of women are suppressed or in situations when the freedom of opinion of a woman is put to the test, other women actually degrade themselves to be the "long arm" of the patriarchal culture, for just a little gain of social standing by adjusting themselves to the role model of an obedient woman. Sadly, this does not only apply for societies in which the women are suppressed, but also applies to the group dynamics in our society - women subduing other women in competition for male favour.

Read Meet Mago Contributor, Angelika Heike Rüdiger.

We, the co-editors, contributors, and advisers, have started the Mago Web (Cross-cultural Goddess Web) to rekindle old Gynocentric Unity in our time. Now YOU can help us raise this torch high to the Primordial Mountain Home (Our Mother Earth Herself) wherein everyone is embraced in WE. There are many ways to support Return to Mago. Donate $3.00 to $10.00 is one way. For your time and skill, please email Helen Hwang (magoism@gmail.com). Please take an action today and we need that! Thank YOU in Goddesshood of all beings!

(Click Donate button below. You can donate by credit card or bank account without registering PayPal. Find “Don’t have a PayPal account?” above the credit card icons.)

Advertisements

Your Comments

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s