Uncoiling Lilith

And this is what it’s like
As Lilith rises
Fierce sweetness of desire
And devouring
The loss and found of self
You within me
And me within you
Rising strong and hard
To meet soft and malleable
Grasping my hair
Shivering under the watchful
Eye of the Moon
Sweet and salt merged into
Writhings of animal instinct

I want to paint
I chase my prey
Engorge on colour
Slash the canvas
To create sculpture
That bleeds music

I am unintelligible
Yet in every unspoken urge
My silence rages
An exclamation point in history
Herstory floods my senses
Bridges the past and future in
Now – Now – Now
Screaming the name of God.

5 comments for “Uncoiling Lilith

  1. February 13, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    Oooh Leah, that is wonderful! Such power in your words.

  2. Leah Whitehorse
    February 13, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    Thanks Susannah. I just said to someone else, publishing poetry on my blog makes me feel quite naked compared to publishing a normal blog post! But I’m writing a book about Lilith at the moment so she is really singing to me :-)

  3. Inger
    February 14, 2011 at 8:39 pm


  4. February 21, 2011 at 10:38 am

    this is so evocative. you have a masterly use of words. For me, it sums up Lilith.

  5. Leah Whitehorse
    February 21, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    Thanks Inger and Flick :-)

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