Guest Post: A Matriarchal Blessing

Guest post by Erin J. Kahn, who is a writer and printmaker based in New York City. Among other things, she’s currently working on a book about finding Heavenly Mother in the gospel.

“Bless me, even me also, o my father… Hast thou not reserved a blessing for me?” – Esau, Genesis 27:34-36

Have you a blessing reserved for me
Borne by women’s knotted hands
Pouring a bath from stove-warmed water
Massaging a daughter’s tired shoulders

An ordinance of cakes and candles
Like white wind-lingering linen
A heritage of temple trees
Engraved with women’s wisdom

A blessing from bright Heaven’s Queen
Conferred by Eve in Ondi-Ahman
Or whispered by laughing Sarah
Beside her treasure’s cradle

I seek a power elemental
An earth-veiled priestesshood
Bestow on me also, Mother
A matriarchal blessing

I never sold my birthright
But I knocked and was denied
A thief crept into the temple
And stole my Mother’s blessing

Bless me also, o my Mother
I cry like a child alone in the night
She holds her hands above my head
And weeps


This post is part of a series, Contemplating Heavenly Mother. Find more from this series here.

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3 Responses

  1. Tracy says:

    I feel this, thank you.

  2. TeresaHart says:

    I love the power in this, well done. We bless because we say so, and we practice our blessings with and around our sisters. Power is not given, it is taken.

  3. Katie Rich says:

    Beautiful. Thank you!

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