by Annelinde Metzner
This fire blazes, crying “I will defend You!”
My mother, Earth, I will defend you
when greed fouls your waters with black oil,
when ignorance and pride leak radiation into your soil,
when desperate fear invents “fracking”
to rape you deep down to your core.
This fire arises in me, crying “I will defend You!”
This fire defends the world’s women,
when a seventeen-year-old is publicly beaten
for wearing pants under her burka,
when five-year-olds are bred for slavery and prostitution,
when women cannot count upon a safe night’s sleep at home.
This fire arises, crying “I will defend You!”
This fire defends the Goddess.
Exquisite one, source of all Life,
within our Earth and within our Bodies,
Giver of Love and Abundance, holder of Power,
I am your warrior!
Not on my watch will You be the harlot,
the evil witch eating children.
As we once were burned for Your love,
so our Fire will restore You,
Your warmth, Your brilliance,