The Call

I saw her again today,
out there,
scanning the horizon,
her wild song calling them in.
She was Kali, Ishtar, Isis and Athena,
She was Gaia, Venus, the snake goddess, Minerva
she knew why caged birds sang
and now she rises.*
they are coming
black, yellow, white, red, brown
the rainbow generations,
the ancestors
the living ones,
the ones to come,
walk together,
hand in hand
gathered in answer
to her call
each one
birthing the future
from wombs of fire
their name is

*both this and the preceding line refer to works by Maya Angelou who wrote the poem
“Phenomenal Woman”

Eileen Neil

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