Issue No. 4, Spring 2013

A Woman to God
Beate Sigriddaughter

“….and the men of her city shall stone her
with stones that she die….”
Deuteronomy, 22:21

You, who were nothing,
have entered earth like a husband
and earth has welcomed you,
she brings forth your children,
see them: solemn, and still
nothing makes them bend their knees now,
even the daughters kneel.
Especially the daughters kneel

as they were taught in ancient cities:
better a woman should kneel and hide
than risk obligatory faithfulness to one
or her political virginity,
for “if she be humbled”
—consenting or raped—”the men of her city
shall stone her with stones that she die.”
Rock of ages, how we still lie prone
to the vindictive shadow, you,
created by your sons to be in their male image
the one master–
piece, you, art in heaven,
monument of prose and poetry and music,
some of it so very beautiful.

Beate Sigriddaughter,, lives and writes in North Vancouver, Canada. Three times a Pushcart Prize nominee for her own writing, she has also established the Glass Woman Prize to honor passionate women’s voices. Currently she is working on a novel called “Tango.”