The background noise you hear
is the screaming of my soul
amplified and echoing over the eons
it is a constant cacophony within my skull
it is the traumatized keening
of a tortured mind on fire
it is my desperate attempt to make sense
of this
circus you call reality
it is my subconscious trying to reason with these
Wonderlandian rules that you have created
spilled out upon pages of black and white checkerboard
some words fit
other words don’t
some words will be seen
other words won’t
I can hear my heart’s maniacal giggling
almost a child’s sing-song story nursery rhyme
about being careful
to watch your step
and falling anyway
because the flagstones are wet parchment and marshmallow fluff
your Carrollean jubjub bird
has a sharp beak
and I can hear the bandersnatch within the thicket grove
growling for a feast at my throat
I am no stranger to wounds
I have bound myself together more times than I can count
never with cloth
always with steel and leather
until I disappear behind lays of protection so thick
no one knows my face, not even the mirror
you believe you control my image
you have given me the biceps of Athena
the sway of Aphrodite in my hips
the power of Boudica in my stride
the angle of Joan D’arc in my jaw
yet now you think you can hold me here?
in this tiny box you balance in your outstretched palm
because my cheek bones cannot cut glass?
because I choose the sword over the milk pail?
because I fight for my sisters instead of mourn their fate?
make no mistake
under this armor lies the heart of a goddess
starkly defended by the blade of a she-wolf


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50 Responses to Warrioress…

  1. Amazing, I hope to come back for this one with your permission….💗💗💗

  2. This piece is simply fantastic

  3. Reblogged this on House of Heart and commented:
    Stunning poetry, thank you Eric.

  4. Argh the circus of reality, indeed we need to be well armored and prepared for the battle of minds.. A truly inspirational poem.. I came via Holly’s reblog Eric.. A wonderful poem, Thank you

  5. I LOVE THIS SO MUCH! Saw it on Holly’s blog and it’s fantastic. I hope you don’t mind if I reblog it as well. As many people as possible should be able to read this wonderful poem. Thank you.

  6. Reblogged this on Rethinking Life and commented:
    An outstanding poem from the blog of : My Sword and Shield

  7. Resa says:

    Well, this is one she-wolf soul rousing piece, Eric! It’s so well done. If I hadn’t read it on Holly’s blog, and had just read it not knowing the poet was a man, I would have been sure it was a very strong sister singing out.

    • Eric says:

      There are so many compliments in this on so many levels. I can only say that I am blessed to know so many strong females spirits out here. Reading their work gives me a precious perspective that very few men have. Looking through their eyes I get a better look life! I can only hope to express just a fraction of the fire that spending time in the warmth of their ferocious hearts has transferred to mine.

      Thank you so much and it is a pleasure to meet you, Resa.

  8. Wonderful piece, Eric. Came over from Holly’s and so glad I did.

  9. I had read this on your FB page but just have to say again, your descriptions of warriors and battle always give me chills. Once again, the pairing of words and art are wonderful.

  10. Splendid! I loved it and I thank Holly for making me discover that. 🙂

  11. Patty says:

    I wish I could be her, when I grow up…
    Marvelously written, dear Eric.

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  13. I feel this. Amazing as always

  14. thebrunetteinthepinkscarf says:

    This strikes a cord deep within my chest. The right person will slowly break down those barriers, without even knowing. However, some will always have a layer of protection no one will ever break through. Some secrets remain deep within ones heart …forever. ❤️ Beautiful, Eric – as always.

  15. Holy shit. This is amazing. So many quotable lines, I stopped and will just say, “Wow.” #mast ❤

    • Sorry, no, I have to. This:
      “it is my desperate attempt to make sense
      of this
      circus you call reality”
      And this:
      “your Carrollean jubjub bird
      has a sharp beak
      and I can hear the bandersnatch within the thicket grove
      growling for a feast at my throat
      I am no stranger to wounds
      I have bound myself together more times than I can count”

      • Eric says:

        Ha! I can not tell you how happy I am to see you here, Sarah. Always fills me with smiles and joy to see your thoughts on my work. I’ve grown to love your visits a great deal. #megamast❤

        • This one is AMAZING. I know, I’ve been MIA in the blogosphere for the most part. Trying to get my shit together. So happy to catch up on a few of these and, man, did I pick a good one. ❤

          • Eric says:

            You are a powerful and strong female influence in my online writing world. This piece is a direct result of being around you and so many other women warriors. I am thankful that you relate to it like you do! #neverenoughmast ❤

  16. Eric, truly fabulous and what a first impression 🙂 I’m here via Rethinking Life’s reblog, fyi.
    Powerful piece and as I’m sure someone else has already commented…I was sure this was written by a woman, which is meant as a compliment. Masterfully done.

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