The Island of Mujares, Mexico

By Maria Duncalf-Barber

The island embraces me
The home of Ixchel
Moon Goddess
of pregnant women
Goddess of fertility
Mother of Bacabs.

Gentle island where
women come to pray
I come to rest
I swing on your pink hammock
I am back in the womb
Into the centre of you
I am safe, warm, fulfilled.

Mexican Corona slides
into my throat
like mother’s milk
I am refreshed
You open your arms
To coddle me
I am with the mother
She bathes me with love.

The wind travels around my face
The breeze lifts my spirit
The azure blue sea is wandering
I swim in your contours
Discarding the old.

The white sand between my toes
Exhilarates me
Rainbow Goddess of childbirth
As I receive the new
I am part of womankind

My ancestors of women know me
Letting me rest and revive
I feel my innards being caressed

My womaness is whole
I am fertile with life
As the sun sets
peacefully around me
I am pregnant
With possibilities.

©July 2008, Maria Duncalf-Barber

Maria Duncalf-Barber

Maria Duncalf-Barber comes from a large family in Liverpool, England and has lived in Muskoka, Canada since 1993. She is a counsellor and educational trainer, also a motivational speaker. She has written numerous short stories and poetry, magazine and newspaper articles in Britain and Canada. She writes a regular column for Muskoka Magazine.  Writes her own column called "What's Up Bracebridge".  She has published her first book of poetry called, 'Carrying Our Altars Within-Inspirational Sacred Poetry'.  She is featured in eight anthologies of poetry and short story writing.
She is involved with photography and has won prizes for her work.  Maria loves the written word, loves being a storyteller and teaching writing and poetry workshops.
Maria was a semi-finalist for the short story at the Moondance Film Festival 2009 and has reached the semi-finals again in 2010.
She is presently writing and directing a documentary on Women and Aging - Aging A Work in Process.
Maria loves people and is excited when she midwifes them towards change, she adores the work she does. Her key word is integrity and she is living her True, authentic life and loving every moment of it. Maria’s involvement with personal growth stems from recognizing the holistic aspects of spirit, mind and body and the connection they portray.
Maria Duncalf-Barber

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