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In the woods behind my house rest a collection of nine large flat rocks. Daily, I walk down to these “priestess rocks” for some sacred time alone to pray, meditate, consider, and be. Often, while in this space, I open my mouth and poetry comes out. I’ve come to see this experience as "theapoetics"—experiencing the Goddess through direct “revelation,” framed in language. As Stanley Hopper originally described in the 1970’s, it is possible to “…replace theology, the rationalistic interpretation of belief, with theopoetics, finding God[dess] through poetry and fiction, which neither wither before modern science nor conflict with the complexity of what we know now to be the self.” Theapoetics might also be described, “as a means of engaging language and perception in such a way that one enters into a radical relation with the divine, the other, and the creation in which all occurs.”

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Poem: Ode to April

Ode to April:

you arrive with thunder and wind 

and then settle yourself 

across the land 

with pink and white grace. 

The mulberry and pear trees 

are resplendent in white,

the apple, peach, and crab apple 

blushed with pink. 

Shy purple violets 

and bright dandelion suns 

spring open beneath our feet

as bloodroot, trillium, and toothwort 

make their way across stony slopes. 

Soon mushrooms will lift their heads 

and iris will spread her petals. 

Daffodils have already started to retire,

but magnolia is dropping by 

to share her secrets

and the buds on the lilacs and redbud trees 

speak of sweetness to come. 

There are turkeys gobbling between the trees 

and cardinals nesting in high branches,

cedar waxwings stopping by for a spell 

and yellow bellied sapsuckers 

investigating promising trees. 

April, you dazzle me. 

April, you delight me. 

April, you bring beauty trailing after you 

and leave sunlit possibility in your wake.



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Molly Remer, MSW, D.Min, is a priestess, teacher, mystic, and poet facilitating sacred circles, seasonal rituals, and family ceremonies in central Missouri. Molly and her husband Mark co-create Story Goddesses at Brigid’s Grove (brigidsgrove.etsy.com). Molly is the author of ten books, including Walking with Persephone, Whole and Holy, Womanrunes, the Goddess Devotional, and 365 Days of Goddess. She is the creator of the devotional experience #30DaysofGoddess and she loves savoring small magic and everyday enchantment.


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