May 2, 2009

Lit by Chicks

Where I Am From

by Mary Moss


I am from newspaper women
and farmer's wives
spines of steel
wisdom beyond imagining
no dreams of fame and fortune
just ordinary lives

I am from hard work and ancient wounds
never forgotten nor spoken of
nor exposed to light of day
survival of the fittest
overcoming struggle
manifesting deep love

I am from the ocean and the sand
eternal horizon expanding
waves crash and roar
undertow pulls and releases
shells and skeletons from the deep
a million grains of understanding

I am from ancient earth mothers
sisters of magic and mystery
creators of hope and beauty
vessels of future dreams
dutifully bearing children
changing the course of history

I am from spirit and flesh and bone
made to wonder "why?"
seeking ever after truth
needing only the next question
asking always for the answer
looking ever to God in the sky

I am from the earth and sky
thriving where nothing should grow
dirt and clouds, sun and rain
blooming where I'm planted
desiring only air and water
sometimes reaping more than I sow

I am from woman and man
destiny, desire and chance
created in an image and likeness
struggling to be different
resigned to be who I am
rising above my circumstance

I am from saints and angels
wings of gossamer and gold
seen from the corner of my eye
whispers and quiet breezes
in my head and on my skin
heavenly secrets in dreams unfold

I am from the eternal source of life
created for a purpose and a reason
perfectly and divinely designed
journeying toward heaven
offering up my future and my past
each twist and turn in time and season




Mary Moss is called to create opportunities where people can experience how their stories interconnect with God's story. She lives this out through writing, speaking and storytelling. Mary is a columnist at
Take Root and Write and a regular contributor to numerous online journals. She is the author of Woman At The Well, her first book of poetry and devotionals, and maintains three blogs. You can find Mary's work at her website, Divinely Designed.