Kali Ma

Do you know Her?
the Destroyer whose footsteps
are earthquakes and flames
leaves falling upon soil
stripped of their past
returning to nourish
the birth of new colors

kali ma_2She wears a strand of heads
lifetimes strung together
by an umbilical of souls
Her night skin dripping with snakes
naked but for the circle of hands
slung around Her waist, reminding
of action without attachment
freedom beyond outcome

Could you know Her?
youth emptied to winter
dark womb of time
feet caressing, crushing
the cosmic union
asleep in creation
dreaming instead of Lila
the right job, the perfect body, furniture

With Her wise sword
swung high, She slays
every illusion
takes out Her scissors
to cut desires
brandishes a head
severed from ego
offers the lotus
to those who dare

Raging in Her age
Kali, Kali Yuga,
transformer of today
beating, burning
killing into birth
welcome Her
Mother Death
Mother Change

–Blake More

Posted by | Paul Reynolds
Paul has been a yoga teacher on the Island of Kauai for many years and is the facilitator of the weekly Living the Question Blog - a repository of wisdom and inspiration. Paul also produces and hosts Le Guru is You Radio Show, showcasing everyday gurus.

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