Somebody whispered incantations,
summoning the shooting stars and the Moon,
inviting the night to sigh together with Yemanja
as the flowers came into bloom to Oshun.

The oceans were still, the syrens were combing
their hair, seducing the spirit of moonlight,
luring sailors, singing the beauty hidden in the sea
when life used to be a sacred rite.

Somebody repeated those words I learnt
when The Goddess showed me her kind face.
She tattooed a crescent on my forehead
and bestowed upon me her love and grace.

I kneel down before every being, every creature
for sacredness lies within where many eyes can't see.
Earth, Wind, Fire, Water, Akasha link us to the Divine
and all of them are here biding you and me.

Karla Bardanza

Yemanja or Yemaya is the goddess of the Ocean and the Seas, one of the seven orishas. She is worshipped by African Umbanda religions in Brazil.

Oshun is the Yoruban Orisha (deity) of the sweet or fresh waters (as opposed to the salt waters of Yemaya). She is widely loved, as She is known for healing the sick and bringing fertility and prosperity, and She especially watches over the poor and brings them what they need. She is the orisha of love and she is worshipped in Brazil too.

Copyright©Karla Bardanza 2011

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