With the Women

by Maria Duncalf-Barber

It is a prayer
The sacred spiral
Tumbles into its own abyss
Embracing the round
Touching the edges
Scaling the soul
Leading into the centre
It receives
The bliss of life
Undulating and thirsty
In its beauty
Reaching for the heights 
of understanding
Bringing compassion in its wake
It sails the stormy seas
Raising up from the underworld
Into a brand new day
Where all is gentle and kind
And full of possibilities
Where new beginnings
And brand new days
Of love and transmutation
Envelope all you meet
Caressing the need to be whole
Giving thanks
Embracing the abundance
We become whole
And full of peace
In the silence
In that place
Called love
Where the Goddess reigns.

©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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