Monday, December 20, 2010

where are you my wild women?

(for those of you on mobile devices : YouTube link)

lost petition: for an endangered species
| Amanda Oaks
applauding Clarissa Pinkola Estés

where are you my wild women on

the brink of brutish but upholding
a close upkeep of grace & beauty, 

growing taller than those old bones, 

swelling & singing deeper than you 

ever thought possible, does that 

dark man visit your dreams, breathe 

down your neck, sayin’ hey lady you'd 

better pay attention, i told him last

night that i crossed that sacred, 

shallow river seven times, he said 

woman, do it slower next time, you 

gotta be silent to hear the crackle

of the fire, i said that i've seen too

many fingers go quick to lips, that my 

flames burn on the inside & they're not 

hard to miss, that our submissiveness

has been the cement holding together

our mother’s mismanagement & it's 

his mess that bloats all our hearts, 

popping red balloons too heavy to

float, we have held in our tender 

hands the same hopes & worries 

of our mothers & their mothers &... 

our minds have caged the same bird 

too many times over, so i will not go

gentle into this night & when i open 

my eyes your ghost will not guide

me to my death because i run with 

a pack of wolves, we meet our men

halfway speaking the same language,

we roll around in our rusty double 

beds, mama & papas of god shouting

thunder, spitting lightning, so don't 

you tell me that silence is golden,

our hands have been in our pockets 

cupping loose change & lost buttons

for far too many years now, so this 

is my call, my plea, my appeal, where 

are you my wild-wild women, let’s

meet our men in the middle & show

the world what it means to be


I wrote this poem about 5 years ago in a rush & after reading Women Who Run with the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estés. At the time, I was heavily involved in the small press poetry scene. I was writing daily, sending my words out, getting them published, connecting with some of brightest lights I know. The sect of the press I am involved with though, the men outnumber the women in mass. So this was a call out to all women to speak their truth, to shout it even, to forget what "they" say & live their lives however they wish to. Since then, I've connected with some pretty amazing women who are mind-blowing poets. They are part of my tribe, they are my friends, my soul sisters.

My tribe has grown significantly since starting KOM. I am so grateful & lucky to be connected to so many phenomenal women that are living full & unconventional lives, who are creating their truths & doing what they love. Bloggers, Artists, Creatives, KOM's readers! Love ya all!

I really love spoken word but rarely (never) get the chance to get out & do readings because my boys are so young, so... this is the result! Since I had a little free time on my hands this weekend because of my break (while my kiddos napped) I was able to dive into some projects that I had put on the back burner, one being this video. Most of the women pictured at the beginning of this video are from KOM's Kind Kindred tribe. I started creating this video in August, hence why not all of our Kind Kindred are pictured. There is also my mom, my best friend, Erica, plus a handful of my awesome poet friends.

Are you doing extraordinary things? Are you living an unconventional life? Turning a deaf ear to how society has programmed the majority to live?

Share in the comments what makes you wild or

Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild & precious life?

Mary Oliver

The Wild Women pictured:

Me, Jenn Gibson, Sara Smaha
Tammy Brewer, Melissa Jo Hill, Rebecca Schumejda
Aleathia Drehmer, Jessica Dawson, Connie Hozvicka
Tara Gentile, Jessica Swift, Carmen Torbus
Melissa Morris Ivone, Jamie Ridler, Brandi Reynolds
Tina Mansfield, Tara Sophia Mohr, Sarah Dufrechou
Mccabe Russell, Erin Wallace, Nicola Warwick
Amber Dawn, Katrina Tan, Bonnie Forkner
Danielle LaPorte, Camila Marquez, Jo Anna Rothman
Danette Relic, Susannah Conway, Jen Lemen
Tara Wagner, Michelle Ward,
Jenn Lee, Tiffany Moore, Kate Swoboda
Carolyn Rubenstein, Andrea Scher, Gwen Bell
My Mama, Kim Oaks & My Best Friend, Erica Rose

Photos used with permission & by the extremely talented
Brooke Shaden
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Creative Commons Photo Credits:
John Niedermeyer, Sparkling Mimi, Anna Gutermuth,
Tim Hamilton, Dan Barak, Matthias Weinberger,
Anna Gay, Graham Hellewell, Mait Jüriado

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tammy said...

Wow. Absolutely beautiful, Amanda. You are such an inspiration. xoxo.

amanda said...

Thank you Tammy, you have been such a huge & loving inspiration through the years. Big Love to you! xox

annabanana said...

This is so inspiring! Beautiful poem!

Tina Mansfield said...

I love this Amanda! My father-in-law gave me Women Who Run With Wolves 17 years ago. Now I want to read it again!

Karen D said...

I love this poem.. I wrote this one once when I was feeling silenced in my life:
Some wish I would remain silent,
I say I can't or I will become violent,
I want to shout, I want to rail and scream,
from down low to the highest beam,
I say I am HERE and I am REAL,
proud of who I am and how I FEEL!

Thanks for sharing,

sperlygirl said...

loving this - your words, the images, this message....warmly, s

Molly said...

The poem is inspiring! Just the perfect thing for a Monday morning. I feel ready to go! I'm trying to be wild by living the life I want and being myself.

Kate Courageous said...

BEAUTIFUL! You are amazing!

Jessica said...

amazing, beautiful, inspiring...

amanda said...

annabanana - Thank you so much! xo

Tina - Thank you! Wow, what an awesome & thoughtful gift from your FIL! I've been paging thru it again, rereading parts! xo

Karen D - Awesome!!! Thank you!

sperlygirl - Thank you!! Big Love!

Molly - Thank you! So glad to here that it inspired you! xox

Kate - Ahhh! Thank you, big smiles over here! xox

Jessica - thank you soo much! xox

Jamie Ridler said...

YES!!! Let's some 'em, sister!!

((bighugs)) I am honoured to be a part of a wild tribe!

mtnmermaid said...

This is a fantastic way to share poetry. I love poetry readings...and how cool to put it to a video. Beautiful poem, reading & video. Thanks for sharing!

Tia said...

I love your beautiful poem. I've had Women Who Run with Wolves on my bookshelf for (yikes) two decades and have not read it... You've moved me to read, I'm picking it up now. LOL

Carolyn | A Beautiful Ripple Effect said...

oh my gosh this is incredible - THANK YOU for creating this. You are truly too kind :).

Jessi1126 said...

That was absolutely beautiful!! Thank you!! :)

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leonie wise said...

this is gorgeous. and love the poem you linked to - wow!

Connie said...


I LOVE this!!!

Anastasia said...

I want to run with wolves. Thank you for the inspiration!

Jo Anna said...

This utterly delighted me! Thank you so much for sharing this!.
Pure and perfect!

Rettgrayson said...

Wonderful, beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing this.

Lisa said...

That's a hellaciously great poem! The whole presentation was fantastic ... but the poem just packs a wallop.

Jen Saunders said...

Wow. So amazing! Thank you so much for letting your truth shine and in turn inspiring others to reveal their own truth. You ROCK! :D

Tricia Karp said...

Gorgeous Amanda, I love this! Thank you for sharing :)

Here's what I plan to do with my wild and precious life: speak and live my truth, and help other women to do the same. Be myself. Love, love, love and open my heart as much as I can. Plus a couple of other things, but they don't seem as important as that.

Love xx

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