• Maegan Clearwood

14 - temperence (draft 2/10)

Updated: Mar 31

14 - temperence

balance, integration, reflection

an invocation of Audre Lorde

I have not been able to touch the destruction within me.

But unless I learn to use the difference between poetry and rhetoric

my power will too run corrupt as poisonous mold or lie limp and useless as an unconnected wire.

--from “Power”

But the erotic offers a well of replenishing and provocative force to the woman who does

not fear its revelation, nor succumb to the belief that sensation is enough. --from “Uses of the Erotic: The Erotic as Power”

a spell for power within/without:

to be cast in sacred water

ingredients: water, soap, a towel

the spell can be enacted while bathing or washing hands

(blessing and pouring the water)

My power is a well from within –

a replenishment and revelation

(while washing the body)

I wring my power clean of corrupted thought;

I connect my power to the motherboard of the world

(while rinsing the body)

I expel the power of destructive rhetoric;

I activate the restorative power of poetry

(thanking and exiting the water, drying the body/hands)

My power is a well from within –

a replenishment and revelation

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