Though many will not like this image nor Like the post, I still feel called to share for both speak a powerful truth that most of us want to ignore and pretend is not happening. For days I’ve been sick – literally – from the collective energy surrounding the current attack on women. Sure, I could call it the current political climate, but in truth it is the ultimate assault on women and women’s rights. We. Do. Not. Matter. Not just in the grand scheme of things, but – to these men – we do not matter at all. We are merely an impediment meant to be stomped on, an irritant to shackle and control, if not completely eradicate.
Women ARE Rising. I know this. I see this. Sadly, though, as long as these privileged white men have the power they have and the monetary support that holds them in place, our battle is far from over. In fact, it is becoming larger and larger As women we HAVE come a long way in changing things, but if we think our fight is over or less, then we are not paying attention. It’s about to get a whole lot worse.
As I’ve read in many places from other writers, Patriarchy has just awakened the Sleeping Dragon… Kali… Lilith… the Morrigan… Sekhmet… Pele… the Amazon. By their callous disregard of women and women’s lives and safety, they have called forth Boudicca, the Iceni Queen who raged against the Romans for killing her husband and raping her daughters. Just. Because. They. Could. Sound familiar?
Now, each of us is reaching our tipping point.
For me, it was a few days ago and, as often happens with a tipping point, it began with an irritating, but insignificant (in the grand scheme of things), event. Through it all, what, or rather who, kept coming to mind was Boudicca. I kept thinking what she’d do. Not just about this stupid event that was my tipping point, but about all the insidiousness happening to women at the moment. The only words that made any sense in my cluttered mind – the only ones clear – were Boudicca Rises. Then more words began to come and I knew that phrase was bigger than a mere passing thought.
Like a raith raised from a haunted rest, Boudicca would not go away… her sword cutting through all the thoughts, all the feelings, all the bullshit until she had my attention, my tears, my rage, my full bodied attention. Every hair on my arms, my hair… raised like antennas sensing, feeling. Words pulsing through my brain like an emotional hurricane until I knew what was coming. Knew what was birthing. She. SHE. Boudicca. The raging Queen of the Iceni was rising through me and she would have her say… have her wrath expressed… on the page… on the canvas.
But first the tears had to flow and words had to flow outward into the void…
I write with a broken heart, though I do not know why. I have good things in my life, good people. Some of both really good. Then why do I feel this rage building and my heart cracking wide open? Why do I feel lower than the lowest worm? Why do I not matter? Why am I scorned and spit at and revolting to so many?
It is because I, a woman, exist. Not that I exist here or there, but that I simply exist.
Why did I choose to come to this time, this fucking time, as a woman. Have I not been ridiculed enough in previous life times? Have I not been murdered and tortured, burned and buried alive before? Why risk that again?
There is a primal scream in me this time. A primal rising that says NO MORE!
All I hear in my soul is BOUDICCA RISES!
And so SHE comes. Sword in hand with a death scream that rents the very fabric of the cosmos. Patriarchy came for my daughters once… had its way with them and then tossed them aside… killed my beloved and took my crown. Well, not this time. Not as long as my hands hold a sword and my voice speaks. Not as long as women continue to wake up – really pay attention – and use their voices.
Make no mistake, we are at war – not just for the soul of women, but for the soul of Lady Liberty and America and, indeed for every woman on this planet including Mother Earth herself. We are at war and it is going to take commitment from every woman, every girl, every man who stands with us.
Each individual who will commit to the idea of NOT ON MY WATCH…
Each woman who will stand and shout…
I AM WOMAN.
I WILL BE SEEN.
I WILL BE HEARD.
Each woman who listens as
Boudicca rises within
and The Morrigan screeches.
As Kali wails and
Pele spews forth her fire.
Each woman who listens as
her own tears fall
raising the raith within.
Each woman who allows
the primal scream,
adding her own experience,
her own unique voice.
Each woman who listens.
Each woman who sees,
Each woman willing to act.
Boudicca Rises by Arlene Bailey, © 2018
Art by Bruce MacKinnon, Editorial Cartoonist