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2017 College of the Melissae

A Warrior's Rest/ Lions of Cebele

January 25, 2017

I am a Lion of Cebele
I walk by Her side
at the tips of her fingers by her side i walk
The Long Walk
The Long Training
it took to earn my place by Her side
Where I walk
A Lion of Cebele

 

flank rippling
coiling spring
pads of my feet marked with 
the asterisk of
tucked claws
back swayed by the length of my stride

 

The strong Lion 
The strong Lion of Cebele

 

It is a time of Warrior's Rest
the Journey to here has been taken
Here, where I rest
A Lion of Cebele
resting at the tips of Her fingers by Her side I rest

 

The resting Lion 
The resting Lion of Cebele

 

Yellow eyes, 
Whiskers twitching,
teeth peeking
over dark lips
listening
sensing the secret sounds 
subtle scents
the voices riding like whispers on the wind

 

The coiling Lion 
The coiling Lion of Cebele

 

It is a time of listening
reading the landscape
the roar curling and
building in the 
broad chest of the lion-hearted

 

The roaring Lion 
The roaring Lion of Cebele

 

It is a time of courage building
war drums of the heart
steady beating
resolve resolve resolve
like a salve, a direction
resolution, benediction

 

Courageous Lion 
Courageous Lion of Cebele

 

I was born to be a Lion,
A Lion of Cebele
The Lion that came to me
in my vision
and licked me with his sandpaper tongue
from toes to nose
naked like a baby
that girl that was chosen
to be a Lion of Cebele

 

Birthing Lion 
Birthing Lion of Cebele
Chosen Lion of Cebele

 

We 
...are the Lions of Cebele
The Chosen Lions of Cebele
The Pride of Lions of Cebele
We are strong by Her side
We are resting by Her side
We are coiling by Her side
We are roaring by Her side
We are courageous by Her side
We are birthing by Her side
We are the Lions of Cebele

 

Cebele Kubileya/Kubeleya
"Kubeleyan Mother", 
"Mountain Mother";
Kuvava; Kybele, 
 Kybebe, Cebele

(Invocation of Cebele/A Warrior'sRest-Laura Bee)

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