6a0105356c398f970c0133ed4b470b970b-piA woman
may forget she is a woman
tear into another woman
becoming an ivory toothed tiger
when she has supped too long on the notion
she is without force unless she bites or rips the entrails
of those who may attack her first
and this woman
she does not understand yet
the color of doves and their cresting message
nor the many mistakes leading her to believe
she is a tiger in need of feeding on her sisters
those girls who should be under her awning
defiant beneath banded join
she forgets because she is afraid
she omits because she is scared
her time will come and others …
women who are also tigers
will eat her in juicy pieces with succulent delight
I tell this striped woman
put away your magnificent teeth
come and hold me high
together we are taller
we can clamber on each other’s shoulders
teach the other women who think they are tigers
who must bite and stifle our journey
it is better for women who are tigers
to earn our stripes by supporting the world
paw by paw
for we only keep ourselves down in fear and confusion
when we snap at the truth
we are as free as we want to be
the chains we think exist are our own
no man owns a woman
no woman can ruin another woman
if we promise to respect each other
if we hold back permission for cruelty
lower our arching back and offer
come ride with me I will see you to safety
it is just a short way over the mountain
we can make it if we ride there
together

0 Replies to “La femme du tigre”

    1. I should add I do get you message of women bringing down other women. In today’s craziness it just seems like we are all so separate. Walls and discrimination and closing hearts. People need to start seeing people as humans. Not dollars or fears.

  1. Yeah, I don’t really get it. Is it years of servitude, forgetting the Goddess is in us all, the heavy weight of patriarchy or the rendering of the sisterhood so long ago? Some understand, some want to deep down but fear, some are just blind now. We must love them all anyway and keep the fires burning so they can find their way back….

    1. Totally agree with you on everything you have said. I think we are so alike in our outlook on life, maybe because we have experienced many similar things but either way, at least we see the truth for what it is.

  2. “A woman
    may forget she is a woman
    tear into another woman
    becoming an ivory toothed tiger”
    Those lines are so true, I have seen it. Once again Candice, perfection in every word.

  3. ” If we hold back permission for cruelty” ….what a powerful statement, not only for women but for the world we live in today. Stopping. Thinking. Meditating. Praying. The process of peace which seems so elusive now. Thank you for sharing your gifts.

    1. Gosh – you sucker punched me with that truth how right you are. I am seriously contemplating a return to Europe and I think as I do, the thoughts of ‘together’ and what people are like, is a necessary emotion that is rolling in my head and heart. I think we see the world very much the same, I’m more dour true, you are more the optimist but I definitely see things intrinsically in the same way.

        1. When we first met I recall us having this conversation you said at the time you were negative, then I saw this transformation, I had never seen you as negative at all but there was a palpable shift, I think in appreciating that you were free of the former ‘dreary’ existence able to do what you were meant to do with your life at last, and that lent you wings and joy. Since then I have seen that lift you higher than anything else could and it makes me very happy to see that because as one who cares about you, it is the very least I would wish for, for a friend so deserving so no more about that skunk he is nothing like you!

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