in your worthiness
to take up space,
into walls, confused
for sky, boasting
painted eyes of
glimmer & glam,
of prism & sea.
you wear your batik on your sleeve
and splash your walls
with whimsy and warmth,
answering the call of a northern Goddess divine
who doesn’t speak of moderation,
but instead generates a wild tempest
of color—marigold and wine—and creativity.
This alchemy of stitchery in silver and gold,
a fusion of found items and fibers,
natural elements—feathers and sea glass—and creative fire.
There is no mediator between goddess call and inspiration,
so answer the call—in moonlight or sun--
share your soul on the page,
your temple of art.
Alaskan Poet, Moon Gazer, Raven Watcher, Northern Trekker, Teacher, Kersten Christianson derives inspiration from wild, wanderings, and road trips. Kersten is the poetry editor of Alaska Women Speak. She authored Curating the House of Nostalgia (Sheila-Na-Gig, 2020), What Caught Raven’s Eye (Petroglyph Press, 2018), and Something Yet to Be Named (Kelsay Books, 2017). Kersten lives with her daughter in Sitka, Alaska.