Queen of Earth, sister of Heaven,
most peaceful, abundant Venus.
Each star upon her golden crown
merges her to the spiritual realm,
where her name is seen as desire,
flying on love, enclosed in wings.
A full and fruitful Earth Mother
who bids the poet her open arms.
Deeply female she loves to create,
bringing forth her ideas with joy.
Imagination, labours of true-love,
sit high upon her romantic heart,
where word-dreams come to life
and pulse within the poet’s yield.
She who is liberal with emotions.
She who affirms loving kindness.
In her darker aspect she inhabits
a tumble-down castle in the sky.
An emotional wreck, she wreaks
havoc with her harmful lifestyle.
Creatively, unable to conjure up,
she pushes her pen with distress.
No longer enrapturing the heart,
sickness and melancholy follow.
As the Empress bares all nature,
let us gaze in awe at her beauty,
inhale the love that encircles her.
See how she comforts us during
birth, decay, death and renewal.
For it is through her womb only
that the poet must pass to guide
each word towards the Emperor.
Copyright © Deborah Gregory 2016