Devi: The Goddess
As Durga, she is difficult of access. As Parvati or Uma, daughter of the Himalaya. Also Gauri, the golden one. And Kali, the black one, or time, when time is a woman. This is all the same force. Black against. Cloud and snow, inaccessible crevasses and couloirs are Nanda Devi, bliss-giving goddess. Maha Devi, great mother. Shashti is sixth. Six days after birth she injures children and before then must be placated with fasting, gifts, distractions. The goddess is here inside me, I can feel her kick, said poor Gisèle, gaunt and pregnant by the fruit juice stand, my mother might send money but I can't reach her.
I am the golden child, and share my lord's austerities deep in my father's mountains. Abstinence is the power between us. Gold, black, prepared to injure, my body heats the cold wind.
All of this is difficult to access, difficult to ask for, like sex, Latin for six.
Elizabeth T. Gray Jr.