Unexpected (for C)

by Jacqui Woodward Smith

I wasn’t expecting you,
or your arms of gentle kindness on rock hard pavements;
my days made a tumble of autumn leaves and hard won moments.

I wasn’t expecting you,
or the sudden tenderness of tumbled hair on swan soft neck;
your body, attention elsewhere, pulsing fire to meet my own.

I wasn’t expecting you,
or the held breath of love’s potential;
hope as fragile-strong as a spider’s dew-spun web on dreaming mornings.

I wasn’t expecting you,
or the surprise of sudden yearning for an almost stranger;
spirit reaching when body fears to open to the call.

I wasn’t expecting you,
or your slow care and easy smile, or the secrets held within;
shadowed layers buried deep and echoing my darkest moon songs.

I wasn’t expecting you,
or your eyes of heron-grey that wait with patient breath to dive;
perhaps to see beyond your own reflection in my tidal waters.

I wasn’t expecting you,
or your hands that, shimmering salmon scales, dance poetry
on skin-smooth river stones shining wet with wanting.

You were unexpected,
and the rose spins on its axis in answer to our song.
You were unexpected,
and my fear rises to greet you.
You were unexpected,
but I always knew you’d come.

©Jacqui Woodward-Smith (8th November–8th December 2005)

Jacqui Woodward-Smith

Jacqui Woodward-Smith

Jacqui Woodward-Smith is a Priestess of Avalon, trained in Glastonbury and living in London. She facilitates the group Tribe of Avalon, which meets to connect to and celebrate the ancient British Goddesses through the festivals in the Wheel of the Year and the turning of the moon. She is passionate about connecting to the land as sacred, particularly in London, and about working to heal the wounds to the Sacred Feminine in all of us. She is a writer and a poet and has given many talks in London about the Goddess and the sacred land. She is a director both of the Glastonbury Goddess Temple and of the Southwark Mysteries, a community arts organisation which offers creative ways for people to respond and interact with their inner-city environment. She is also a Pagan Prison Chaplain. She can be contacted at Avalon@pflondon.org
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