From Revelation to Rodgers & Hammerstein

“A great portent appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. She was pregnant and was crying out in birth pangs, in the agony of giving birth…And she gave birth to a son, a male child who is to rule all the nations..her child was snatched away and taken to God and to his throne; and the woman fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared by God.”

I feel a great dragon of rage
Rise up within me
Wanting to devour that male child
Taken away from the laboring woman
Taken to God
Destined to rule
While the bereft mother
Flees into the wilderness

Here, here
Is the worst, the hardest
Of Christianity

Exalted male child
Discarded woman

I read and pray
How to turn this around
What to learn from this
What is meant for a woman
To understand from this

So I read on
Through Michael and his angels
Throwing down the dragon
Who is Satan

“when the dragon saw that he had been thrown down to the earth, he pursued the woman who had given birth to the male child. But the woman was given the two wings of the great eagle, so that she could fly from the serpent into the wilderness, to her place where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time. Then from his mouth the serpent poured water like a river after the woman, to sweep her away with the flood. But the earth came to the help of the woman; it opened its mouth and swallowed the river that the dragon had poured from his mouth.”

I know I should read further
I know I shouldn’t stop
Just because I like this part

But I do stop
I stop to enjoy
A woman with great wings
And Mother Earth rescuing a mother

It’s not that I reject Father God
And His Son, Jesus,
My Lord and Master

But I am a woman
And I need some balance

“He is pleased with me!
My Lord and Master
Declares he’s pleased with me—

What does he mean?
What does he know of me
This lord and master?
When he has looked at me what has he seen?”

Just a woman
Who has done her part
Given birth
And now can be sent into the wilderness?

God, I hope not.

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