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Wildwood Goddess Photoshoot: Facing the Sun

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Wildwood Goddess Photoshoot: Facing the Sun

This is Part 4 of a 5-part series on the fashion editorial photoshoot I did with Hooton Images. Here are the previous posts relating to the fashion editorial:

Part One: Introduction explaining why I did the fashion editorial 

Part Two: the “Trapped” set

Part Three: the “Warrior” set

I will add a link to the final post in the fashion editorial series when it’s up. Subscribe to the blog (right sidebar) to be notified when new posts are available.

Gaia

Wildwood Goddess Photoshoot: Lioness

There is a time to fight

to rage

to hunt with the

skill of a lioness

to wage a private war

against the darkness

of the soul

and fears

and lies

that bind the heart

and wound the mind

for all of this

there is a time

 

Wildwood Goddess Photoshoot: Walking in Light

But now I walk

bathed in light,

The hours are golden

And I am right to take off

the armor,

lay down the spear

the more I stop caring

about what you think

the less I fear

the dark

the more I embrace

who I really am

and fall in love with living,

the more I am at peace.

 

Wildwood Goddess Photoshoot: I SeeI see you now in a different light

the candles, the fight, the way

you saw me and

how I saw myself

it wasn’t right—any of it—

broken, jagged shards

making you my enemy

when what we really are

and always will be

are fellow wanderers

on this journey

together

 

Wildwood Goddess Photoshoot: Resting

I close my eyes to rest,

to breathe

for once not haunted

by what I’ve been told

by what I’ve seen

or the fears of what will happen

if I dare to be

more than what you thought

I should.

 Wildwood Goddess Photoshoot: Dreaming

I dream

of love that burns away

the hate and lies

a love so strong

that judgment dies

and all that remains

is the fiery knowledge

that there is a time

to learn to be wise

to open my eyes to what is true:

that you,

that I,

we are part of something good

sacred

divine

and beneath all the pain

that drives us apart

what matters is

I must see your heart.

Wildwood Goddess Photoshoot: Eyes Open

If you like my writing, you should check out my books! My latest project is a young adult steampunk fantasy. You can read an excerpt here on my Books page or read the whole story in installments by following me on Wattpad

View the entire “Flowers” set from the fashion editorial on the Wildwood Goddess Photoshoot page. All fashion editorial photos are ©Hooton Images and are owned exclusively by Meredith Rose. They may be pinned on Pinterest, but please credit Hooton Images in the description. 

©Meredith Rose, 2013. You may link to this post or share it online, but you may not download, repost, or use in any way the poem or photos without written permission of the author. 

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Wildwood Goddess Photoshoot: Facing the Enemy

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Wildwood Goddess Photoshoot: Facing the Enemy

This is Part 3 of a 5-part series on the fashion editorial photoshoot I did with Hooton Images. Read part one here (intro), part two here (the “Trapped” photo set), and part four here (the “Flowers” photo set). I will add links to the other posts relating to the fashion editorial once all of them are up. Subscribe to the blog (right sidebar) to be notified when new posts are available.

Minerva

Wildwood Goddess Photoshoot: Who I AmThey think they know me.

They’ve got me filed, slotted, defined.

Fenced in by the color of my skin

my hair

my eyes

the size of the gap between my thighs

and my waist-to-hip ratio.

 

They think they can

tell me who I am

because anyone who says the things I say

can only be a certain way.

It has to fit the pattern.

 

Wildwood Goddess Photoshoot: ArmorFools. They only see the things

I let them see.

It’s all body armor, down to the last dangly earring

protection from prying eyes and sharp tongues

a shield for my heart.

They can’t see inside of me

where every day I do battle

against the echoes of their voices

their faithful soldiers warring on

long after they have gone.

 

Wildwood Goddess Photoshoot: Silent BattleI fight their quiet whispers.

A sword makes no sound as it slices through flesh,

so it is with words

and images

the unspoken ways they have

of cutting up my heart.

 

I fight

a silent battle

against their judgment

against their hate

against the part of me that waits

for them to change and wants their love.

I battle that most of all.

 

I’ve come to see

they’re not my enemy

not really.

It’s me.

But I’m still trying to find

a suit of armor for my mind.

Can I negotiate a truce

for peace

or will this struggle never cease

between the part of me that’s soft and cares

what they believe

and this warrior rising up, she

who laughs at their demands

like a goddess

who doesn’t give a damn?

Wildwood Goddess Photoshoot: Warrior Rising

If you enjoyed this poem, please give my books a try too! Right now, I’m writing a young adult steampunk fantasy. You can read an excerpt here on my Books page or read the whole story in installments by following me on Wattpad

View the entire “Warrior” set from the fashion editorial on the Wildwood Goddess Photoshoot page. All photos from the fashion editorial are ©Hooton Images and are owned exclusively by Meredith Rose. They may be pinned on Pinterest, but please credit Hooton Images in the description. 

©Meredith Rose, 2013. You may link to this post or share it online, but you may not download, repost, or use in any way the poem or photos without written permission of the author. 

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Wildwood Goddess Photoshoot: Facing the Dark

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Wildwood Goddess Photoshoot: Facing the Dark

This is Part 2 of a 5-part series on the fashion editorial photoshoot I did with Hooton Images. Read part one here–it explains what the fashion editorial was all about. Part 3 is here: Facing the EnemyPart 4 is here: Facing the Sun. I will add links to the other posts once all of them are up. Subscribe to the blog (right sidebar) to be notified when new posts are available.

Nyx

Meredith Rose Wildwood Goddess Photoshoot photoFear the night

dark impulses of

passion

dream-drenched mist

curling at the edge

of wakeful thoughts

 

Stay near the fire

don’t question the light

it’s everything that makes

man good and right

and safe and

all that the wild things

can never be

even though they

not you

are free.
Meredith Rose Wildwood Goddess Photoshoot Photo

Be beautiful

but don’t be vain

you’re here to

fill our eyes

and flame

desire

in your cage of

candlelight

hide yourself

the sight

of you

makes shadows

of us all

it’s your fault

that we fall

 

Meredith Rose Wildwood Goddess Photoshoot photo

You’re everything

we love

we hate

ideal

shame

you captivate

 

Be more

yet less

be good

yet never good enough

think

but not too deeply

lest you hear the voice

inside you

saying

 

Meredith Rose Wildwood Goddess Photoshoot Photo

It’s time

to leave

this cage of man-made light

where nothing you do

will ever be good

or right or beautiful

enough

it’s time

to cut the vines of fear

 

The night

is beauty too

and you

cannot be free

as long as you

are here.

Meredith Rose Wildwood Goddess Photoshoot Photo

Did you enjoy this poem? Then I’d love to show you my books! I’m especially excited about my current project: a young adult steampunk fantasy. You can read an excerpt here on my Books page or read the whole story in installments by following me on Wattpad

View the entire “Trapped” set from the fashion editorial on the Wildwood Goddess Photoshoot page.  All fashion editorial photos are ©Hooton Images and are owned exclusively by Meredith Rose. They may be pinned on Pinterest, but please credit Hooton Images in the description. 

©Meredith Rose, 2013. You may link to this post or share it online, but you may not download, repost, or use in any way the poem or fashion editorial photos without written permission of the author. 

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I Heart Mary Lambert's "I Know Girls"

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I Heart Mary Lambert's "I Know Girls"

This is Mary Lambert–you know, the beautiful voice of the chorus in Macklemore’s “Same Love”? She’s a writer and performs spoken word and poetry. Below is a video of her poem “I Know Girls.” It is heartbreaking and profound and makes me want to give all the girls in the world a big hug.

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When Writing Becomes An Act of Bravery

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In Honor of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month)…

While students across America are groaning about their latest writing assignments and writers all over the world are frantically trying to keep up with their NaNoWriMo goals for the month, there are a group of women poets in Afghanistan who risk their lives to put words on paper.

From BBC News – Dangerous ‘truth’: The Kabul women’s poetry club:

In a little room tucked behind a Kabul cinema bedecked with Bollywood billboards, Afghan women are waging a literary war that is both personal and political.

They call poetry their sword.

The article goes on to explain that in Afghanistan, the Taliban threaten and harm women who dare to write. For these women poets, writing is not just a way to express themselves, it’s an act of rebellion and warrior-like courage against a culture that is unjust and often cruel.

The Mirman Baheer literary society brings women together to share and publish their poems, and find strength in greater numbers. It now counts a few hundred members in clubs in several Afghan cities.

“It’s our form of resistance,” explains one of the society’s founders, Sahira Sharif, a member of parliament.

Karima Shabrang even goes as far as saying “I would prefer a dignified death to a life lived as a hostage in silence.”

I’d encourage you to read the entire article. These women poets challenge me and make me proud to share the title “writer” with them, my brave word-sisters.

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A Brief Ode To Little Tiny Short-Shorts

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A Brief Ode To Little Tiny Short-Shorts

it’s the summer
of the
Denim Apocalypse
where all the
jeans in the world
have been ruthlessly destroyed

leaving bikini sized
strips
to cover our bits
and pocket linings
to hang lower than hems

we have become a people
beset with wedgies
as our faithful jeans
so cruelly dismembered
seek to hide from public view

our little butt-cheeks
shiver
peeking out from under
the ragged remains

brave survivors
in this new fashion
dystopia

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