The Reclamation of Self

by Maria Duncalf-Barber

The Brass Brassiere

Knowing it's time to protect myself
I place my brass Brassiere
over my voluptuous breasts
to stop the milk from flowing onto my belly
It holds in my stories
My innards my me I
Stopping me from drying out
Giving me permission to say No
I will protect my pelt, me, I
I will stop doing for others 'Now'
I will do for me, I
I give myself time off
A vacation without the sun or travel
I have claimed the sun and travel within me
The light is in me
My light, I
I reclaim me
I return to me
My Goddess within
My Brass Brassiere is my friend
Like Bodecea I wear it proudly
Making the promise to myself
I will never dry out again
I will be wet and juicy and free
For me to be me I
I dive into my psyche to reclaim me, I
Wearing my Brass Brassiere I am complete
Safe in myself
I decorate it with feathers and jewels of carnelian,
rubies and diamonds and shiny amethysts
I place the sacred spires of life over each nipple
I engrave my name on the clasps of my Brass Brassiere
I have straps of power over my shoulders
My breasts are healthy and I am safe, as am I
My spirit dances in joy
I dance on the rock looking out to sea
I turn towards home
Taking back my resources
My time me, I
Giving myself comfort I give me my needs first
My wants and wishes
I gift them to me
As a right
I take back my own true energy
I reckon up my own spiritual bank account
My spark is making a comeback
And I applaud myself thunderously
Until my palms are orgasmically my own once again.

©Maria Duncalf-Barber

Inspired by “Sealskin Soulskin”, in Women Who Run With the Wolves, by Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes


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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