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From the Book of Beginnings
by Aileen Victoria Ibardaloza

Eve moaned in childbirth tearing life from life
the unmothered mothering offsprings born of desire and
dispensation.

The raft carried them east across the Red Sea
to Yemen, and from Yemen to four continents
cradling the daughters of Eve through parabolic days

marked by beginnings and endings.
From glaciers, a desert, a fertile crescent
human lines diverging, changing eyes, skin, memories

keeping sacred the mitochondrial blueprint
for the women through seven thousand generations.

And from Ramah, lamentation
Rachel weeping for her children because they were not.

The women called out to their God
across eighty thousand years
out of ice, waters, deserts, islands
craving screaming immortality.
A line was drawn for the women
direct, unbroken and sacred
between them, one great grandmother
and not much difference.

 



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