"You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting-
over and over announcing your place
In the family of things."
— "Wild Geese," Mary Oliver (via asongwithnoend)
(Source: commovente, via asongwithnoend)
which tells you, here,
here is the world.
This mouth. This laughter.
These temple bones.
— Galway Kinnell, from Little Sleep’s-Head Sprouting Hair In The Moonlight (via asongwithnoend)
(Source: violentwavesofemotion, via asongwithnoend)
"But confusingly, misogynists are sometimes men who speak softly and eat vegan and say “a woman’s sexual freedom is an essential component to her liberation. So come here.” It’s a tricky world out there. And while I’d prefer a critical approach to gender from men I elect, read and even bed, in my experience, the so-called feminist men I’ve met deep down have not been less antagonistic or bigoted toward women. What I see over and over again is misogyny in sheep’s clothing, and at this point, I would rather see wolves as wolves."
"Stop fawning over male feminists" (via hereticswords)
Yes this. All too often they end up being the worst offenders because a.) they assume they’re excluded from your critique of patriarchy and have not done the work of internalizing it and decentering themselves and b.) they expect a cookie for the most basic allowances and understanding and get irritable and shitty (saying stuff like “well your attitude isn’t helping your cause!” or “you should be grateful for allies like me!”) when you don’t give it to them. They are the worst because they have some of the language down and have abstractly accepted some of the concepts but they’ve done nothing to really attack and dismantle their own privilege.
Not only that, they’re smug little shits. I really just don’t care for men in feminist spaces at all unless they stfu and listen.
(Source: yoursocialconstructsareshowing, via thenewwomensmovement)
"they called her witch because she knew how to heal herself."
— Here We Are, Reflections of a God Gone Mad (2nd edition)
(Source: tevsmith, via sparkamovement)