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Your Crowning Achievement!
When in a farmhouse kitchen that smelled
of old rinds and wet cigarette butts
I hoisted the shotgun to my shoulder
and aimed but did not fire it at the man
who had just taken my virginity like a snack,
with my collusion, but still-
When I sat in a conference room
in an inquisition
at the "newspaper of record,"
across from the one slurping his pipe,
the one arching her eyebrow,
and I felt the heat like a wet brand in my chest,
repaid insult for insult and left their fancy job
like a squashed bug on the floor-
When I was twelve, too old, the last time my father
spanked me, pants down,
because I had "distressed" my mother
and my vision went red-black and
I did not forgive-
When, during my travels along the Gulf Coast,
the intruder returned in the night
and I did not call the cops again but stood
with a butcher knife facing the door, yelling, "Come in!"
although this time it was just the wind flapping
and banging the screen door-
When across a skating-rink-sized glistening table
I told the committee chair and her brooch I was a fan of Marx
and lost the fellowship-
When I threw a pot of hot coffee
and it just missed a man's head, and the black-brown spatter stains
were still there four years later long after he'd left me
when I finally moved out of that East Village hole-
I would have had to be thinking
in order to have thought-
loaded, not loaded?
-and I was not thinking, I was only dripping hot and oh the pleasure, I can still feel its prickling, crackle over the furnace of my rage, to see his face go pale, his eyes widen, his "put it down, put it down"-and I put it down and allowed my life as well as his to go on.
I miss my anger. Decades go by when all I can muster is absent-minded invective, you know, directed at the news; or a brief fantasy of shoving someone in front of a bus. Yesterday I slammed my fist on my desk and then apologized, to the desk. Consider the tapestry of the seven deadly sins, at Saint-Denis: Anger, wild-haired and half-dressed, picked out in blue and silver thread bunched against the crimson, rough against the fingertips, she rides a black boar dappled with blood and waves her double-headed axe-
Yes, I remember her.
I always lie when I always say
I didn't know the gun was loaded.
- April Bernard
The Queen's Court is a gathering of sovereign women of a certain age - our dear peers - who graciously offer information, guidance, inspiration and encouragement to each other.
We Queens know what we know. And we know a great deal. Our experience has made us wise. So, feel free to consult with our cyber council/counsel when you are need of sage advice or wish to explore a particular topic of interest.
Are you angry?
How angry are you?
What makes you angry?
How do you handle it?
I would love to further this discussion. Do send in your definitions, descriptions and declarations of Queendom.
How do you express it?
How does it make you feel?
Your letters will be printed in the next Queen's Chronicles.
The Queen's Correspondence
Thanks so much for taking the time to respond to The Queen's Chronicles. It is a joy to connect with you and to share your comments with our sister Queens.
Letters in response to the JUNE 2015 Issue:
I so enjoyed reading your June chronicles while drinking my morning coffee. Double Ahhhhhh.....While it seems that our society still has a ways to go in terms of true equality and acceptance of others, I feel that I am blessed to have lived in this time. I am old enough to remember (dimly) how things were in the South before the Civil Rights Movement. I have been the target of anti-Semitism, and have had to watch my gay friends struggle with being denied basic rights that I too often take for granted. While my grandmother got to watch our society go from the horse and buggy to the moon, I am so happy to say that I have lived to see dreams become law. This gives me hope for my future and my children's' future.
As my dear husband and I move closer to celebrating our 30th (!) wedding anniversary later this year I have been pondering the truth behind the vows I took, vows I have always taken seriously. The recent Supreme Court ruling states this truth so perfectly. It gives me joy to know that 30 years from now my gay brothers and sisters can know the joy and deep satisfaction of loving someone in a legal union, of entering into a binding contract based on that love and respect. Oh, and by the way, the sap is still rising!
- Queen Adeline, CA
Gorgeous issue, Mama Donna! Right ON! xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
- Judyth, Mexico
The pictures of the weddings that you performed are so lovely. The couples are glowing with happiness and pride. Makes my heart sing!
- Sheila, MI
What a happy hopeful issue. It is so nice to read good news!
Thanks for that.
- Willow, NH
I really enjoy reading your monthly newsletters. My eyes are always opened to something new whether it be about a wonderful woman or an historical event. Thank you for sharing all that you know. Thank you for creating a link for people all over the world to be in contact, to learn and grow and feel close at the same time. You're the best. Blessings,
- Marcia, British Columbia, Canada
I love your sweet messages. We did a Queen of My Self workshop many years ago in the living room of Sarah Teofanof in Farmington New Mexico. So sweet!
- Desdra, WA
Yes, I remember! That was a really great group of Queens!
Hi, from Rochester, NY. Love your newsletter and share it with friends.
- Pam, NY
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- Meg, IL
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- Cheryl, MT
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- Eileen, TX
Please keep your letters coming. And do feel free to make suggestions about content you would like to see. Or anything else, for that matter.
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We extend hearty congratulations to our multi-talented circle of Sister Queens for their impressive accomplishments and successes.
It takes a lot of time to be a genius,
you have to sit around so much
doing nothing, really doing nothing.
- Gertrude Stein
Helene Aylon, NY; Nancy Azara, NY; Robin Bady, NY; Alessandra Belloni, NJ; Annie Finch, NY; Marcy Gordon, NY; Rana Gorgani, France; Linda Montano, NY; Carol Tandava, NY; and Diane Torr, Scotland;
and Martha Wilson, NY;
Guerilla Girls, NY; Meryl Meisler, NY; Lorraine O'Grady, NY; Sheila Pepe, NY; Christy Rupp, NY;
on the exhibitions of their artwork.
Susan Corso, CA, Tao for Now (Book); Glenys Livingstone, Australia, She Rises: Why Goddess Feminism, Activism, and Spirituality? (Book); Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie, NY, Dear Continuum: Letters to a Poet Crafting Liberation (Book); on their new publications.
Miriam Jacobs, CA, on winning the COVR award for the best book on divination for her book, Tarot and the Chakras.
Susan Mogul, CA, on receiving a Tree of Life Individual Artist Grant
Cheri Gaulke, CA, on her Mid-Career Visual Artist Fellowship from the California Community Foundation.
Hilary Mandel, B.C., Canada on her new job and home.
Diane Saarenin, GA, on her move.
Ana Andino, NY, on her new job.
Beth Kinkle Coons, NY, on her marriage.
Please send your good news, achievements, accomplishments, successes and celebrations so that our international circle of sovereign sisters can send you blessings and accolades.
And we are glad to so. It is a joy and a privilege to share in the fortune of another woman. I recently heard Oprah say the saddest thing ever - "The hardest thing about being successful is having someone to be glad for you."
It takes a centered and confident Queen to break that pattern. There are 60 million thrones out there. One for each of us. There is plenty of purpose, passion and power for us all. May we use it well!
Please Offer Your Purest Thoughts, Your Heart-Felt Prayers, Your Great Good Feelings, And Your Very Best Blessings For Healing and Peace of Mind To:
Adrianne, NY; Alison, TN; Amy, NY; Babs, NY; Barbara, NJ; Bebee, DE; Berenice, NY; Bettye, NY Betty, AL; Chrissie, NY; Christine, NY; Dana, FL; Dawn, CA; Diane, NY; Dolly, NY; Dominique, NM; Dorothy, CA; Gail, WA; Jo, AZ; Gerry, VT; Joan, ME; Joan, NY; Judi, FL; Judith, NY; Karen, NJ; Kathleen, PA; Kaylin, MD; Kazuko, NY; Kim, NY; Kimi, NJ; Laura, NY; Laurie, OH; Linda, FL; Linda, SC; Lisa, NJ; Lorie, KY; Lydia, CO; Lisa, PA; Lucia, TX; Mari, VA; Margi, NY; Marna, NY; Marsha, NY; Mary, MD; Mary, NY; Mary, OH; Mary, CO; Nancy, NY; Nancy, NC; Nona, LA; Pat, MA; Patsy, NY; Paula, NT; Pearl, NY; Reynolds, NY; Roberta, NY; Sally, NY;Sandy, CA; Serpentessa, NY; Sharon, NY; Shelley, NY; Sheriden, MA; Shirley, IN; Sherli, CA; Sid, PA; Sue, CA; Susan, NC; Susan, NY; Terese, NY; Terri, FL; Urvashi, NY; Vicki, MN; Weslea, ME; and Yvette, NY; who are in the process of healing themselves from illness, accident, injury, or surgery.
Amy, NY; D. Barbara, NY; Beverly, NY; Carol, NY; Diana, FL; Eleni, NY; Gaetana, NY; Joanne, NY; Kimberly, NY; Kyia, MN; Linda, NY; Linda, NY; Maureen, NY; Meryl, NY; Beedee, NY; Patricia, Australia; Regi, CA;Sheryll, CA;Susan, NY; and Svetlana, NY; who would benefit greatly from some spiritual support.
Ali, VT; Annie, NY; Barbara, NY; Barbara, CA; Carol, NY; Chrys, NY; Deni, NY; Diane, NY; Erica, New Zealand; Erica, CT; Gaetana, NY; Gail, NY; Hemetra, PA; Janet, CT; Kat, NY; Kate, NY; Kathrine, Denmark; Laurie, OH; Lois, NY; Marla, NY; Mary, CO; Marya, NY; Meryl, NY; Nancy, NC; and Roslyn, NJ; the caregivers who are in weary need of care themselves.
May Their Spirits Rest in Peace:
Omialadora Ajamu, FL
Beep Cutright, VA
Ronnie Gilbert, CA
Leslie Lyn Hershkowitz, IA
Deborah Light, FL
Shigeko Kubota, NY
Faigy Mayer, NY
Kat Mulvaney, NY
Ledell Mulvaney, NY
Ingrid Sischy, NY
CArol Young, NJ
Natalie Zarchin, CA
Geri Baldwin, FL
Sandra Brent. NY
Francine Hershkowitz, NY
Tori Jenkins, VA
Donna Korones, CA
Nyota Nayo, NY
Ava Park, CA
Flash Silvermoon, FL
Gayke Phillips Williams, NC
I've been struggling with an injured leg and hip (fell on a slippery deck in April) that keeps going wonky. Yes, I've done PT, massage, cranial sacral, chiropractic and more. If you are moved to send my leg healing energy, please do so and I will greatly appreciate it. Thankfully I can still make images and objects, and write in my studio, but I'm sadly now on a dancing and walking hiatus until this heals more completely. REST.
- Bevery, WA
Please send your requests for physical and spiritual healing and positive energy so that the powerful women of The Queen's Court might send their prayers and blessings to you in your time of need.
If someone listens, or stretches out a hand,
or whispers a kind word of encouragement,
extraordinary things begin to happen.
- Loretta Girzartis
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