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Unlike the light-heartedness of Big John
, this piece is deep and heavy. I sobbed many times during its composition and recording. Guess I’ve been carrying it around for many years.
I was raised in a religion steeped in tradition, a tradition that placed women in a position of obedience. Much of this spoken word is inspired by the sacred rituals performed in the inner circle.
May all beings, regardless of gender, religion, race, sexuality, history and more, be treated with equality, love, tolerance and respect.
This is the age of Aquarius (and I happen to be one!) Peace.
Eve (Say Yes)
Bow your head.
Cover your face.
Obey your husband.
You are Eve.
You tempted Adam.
You engaged the serpent.
Beguiled, you ate the fruit.
You will be punished.
Paradise is lost.
This is your fault.
You shall wear this sin.
A scarlett letter burns,
On your chest, in your Soul, in your DNA.
Bear the pains of procreation.
Sacrifice yourself for your children, who do not bear your name.
Clean, cook, serve, and surrender.
Receive no compensation for your work.
There are no vacations, no intermission, no substitutes.
Endure the loneliness of the evening.
Sleep nights alone, worrying for the safety of your Beloved.
Abandon sleep altogether, haunted by disloyalty and betrayal.
Shrivel in the shadows.
Give for others and forsake yourself.
Accept dependence and ignorance.
And still, unconditional is your love.
Buried in tradition,
Shrouded in expectation,
Ridiculed for transition,
Determined for evolution.
Lift your head and remove your veil.
Trust your instincts. Embrace your own thoughts.
Nourish your intellect and deepen your Soul.
Each moment provides a crossroads to change.
Be that change.
Live all you’ve dreamt of, all you imagine.
Serve without sacrifice.
Love without submission.
Surrender only to your highest self.
You are Eve.
Return to the Garden.
Adam will follow.
Eden is nigh.