For all the women in my family who have come before me.
I vow now to give myself the space to be kind to myself when I am faced with our family pattern of self-hate
I will not spit in my face and demolish myself I will stand with forgiveness dripping from my eyes
I vow now to utilize the opportunity I have been given of being free from the burden of being molested or ***** as a child, I vow to respect myself, share my body with this respect give my partner this respect and dance the life giving creation song with a heart
fleshy and vulnerable landscapes of plains and bayous rising up across my skin, my folds will nestle medicine gardens Inside of my ears I will plant Ceder trees
I will step into my strength, into my power I will rise like a hot air current moving from the land up to the sky to form storm clouds in a system of elegant design
I recognize with this mighty power comes the power to be gentler still so whilst the storm plays her play, I will also maintain the quivering softness of a spring stream high up in the mountains green long grass wildflowers melt from within me
For all of us I vow to live a life where I utilize the power I have inherited and I thank you with these actions, I write your songs in my movements Your strength, poise, grace, ambition and genius has not gone in vain Your stories live on inside of my veins
with these words I call out to you.
I thank you for your hard graft I thank you for your silence I thank you for your grace and your poise I thank you for your strength and I thank you thank you thank you