We know women have been loving this way


                                                                                                                                                   We know

women have been
loving this way                      since
                                                                the time               before               loving

through the             chasm
                in the        earth                                 loving     like lush
                                                                             tendrils  curling
                                                                                             over concrete

And I know             hummingbird                 carries
                                  the nectar                                         of my love                       her belly throbs

And I remember
                                                           ocean too
                                                           salty & wild
                                                                                            holding me
                                                                                            in her wet            mouth
her opening wide
                                                                                                                          for all those              lovesick sailors
                                                                                                                          seekers            dreaming girls

rest in me            her beauty offered            and diminished not           her strength                        And I know

                                                                                                              myself               my womb           my waves            will rise
                                                                                as if the first                   wet light                                           breaking


"Deer Woman" artwork by Paula Barkmeier  

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Opal McCarthy


Opal is a poet, teacher, and practitioner of Heartworks Lomi Lomi bodywork. She has served as a writing instructor, yoga instructor, beauty inducer, and healer in Minneapolis, Hawaii, and online. Opal's first collection of poetry, "Surge," a book of wild girls and fierce tenderness, will be available from Tinderbox Editions this fall. Opal is passionate about empowering women to speak their own true words in gorgeous voices—and especially bringing forth the wild, the un-pretty, the secrets, shadows, and splendor within. Learn more at Opal’s website.


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