Goddess of the Stove

ChineseGoddess

The Goddess of the Stove
A beautiful old woman
Clad in red garments
Hair knotted
On the top of her head
Charged with brewing medicines
seeking prolongation of life
a most noble aim

Worship this beautiful old woman
The Goddess of the Stove
Clad in red garments
Her hair delicately knotted
On the top of her head
Converting cinnabar
In to golden drinking vessels
The most noble of deeds

Give audience to
The Goddess of the Stove
A beautiful old woman
Clad simply in red
Hair twisted, knotted
On the top of her head
Plays music on warm pipes
Ripening millet amid frozen earth

Make due sacrifice
To the Goddess of the Stove
the immortals of Pengai
Living in the midst of the ocean
Make offerings to
The five sacred mountains
the four great rivers and
Give breath to immortal words

Advertisements

6 responses

  1. delicate and moving.

  2. Heather, this is a beautiful acknowledgement to the sacredness of the home and hearth.

  3. this is lovely – a fine tribute to the simple things that are so influential in our lives.

  4. My hymn to Hestia:
    Protector of hearth and home
    Hestia, you stand guard
    Tending the hearth
    Sacred altar of the family
    You are the fire
    That warms our bodies
    And comforts our souls
    All begins and ends with you.

    Cyn July 18,2009

  5. Heather, these are beautiful words, a fitting homage to the Goddess of the Stove. I wonder what each of us might hear in the stillness and silence of the spaces between her whispered breaths ……..

  6. This is really potent. I feel it transporting me as I read it.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: