Wearing nothing but snakeskin boots, I blazed a footpath, the first radical road out of that old kingdom toward a new unknown. When I came to those great flaming gates of burning gold, I stood alone in terror at the threshold between Paradise and Earth. There I heard a mysterious echo: my own voice singing to me from across the forbidden side. I shook awake— at once alive in a blaze of green fire.
“There were no religious images in the churches or synagogues of our childhood that celebrated the birthing powers of women. According to religion’s myths, the world was brought into being by a male God, and woman was created from man. This reversal of biological process went unchallenged. Most of us didn’t even notice the absence of the mother. Although we may not have been consciously aware of her absence in bible stories and sermons, her absence was absorbed into our being. And its painful influence was intensified as we observed the design of our parents’ relationship and the treatment of our mothers by our fathers and brothers. Our families mirrored the hierarchical reality of the heavens. In a society that worships a male God, the father’s life is more valuable than the mother’s. The activities of a man’s life are more vital and necessary than the mother’s intimate connections with the origins of life. The father is God.”
― Patricia Lynn Reilly
“Im living the dream!” he says. To her he feels like a dream. When he talks to her he really looks at her, studying her face, her lips. She feels like they’re falling in love, if they haven’t already”.
“I think, like me, you see the magic in things,’Her tells her. ‘That’s a gift’. The Imaginary blanket around her is becoming threadbare - he’s unravelling it with his eyes, threatening to leave her exposed”.
- excerpts from The United States Of Us, the debut novel by Kate Sundara, out now on Amazon, courtesy of Canelo Publishing and Ipso Books. Something More Beautiful, By Danniellajaine Narrated By Kate Sundara Featuring Ian Hencher Art & Sandra Marie Lees Clothing: HolyClothing Accessories: Woodland Blossom