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Below is the poem entitled I, MOTHER EMPRESS which was written by poet Cyndi MacMillan. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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Denied and inverted for nearly two decades,
double crossed by the Ten Swords of futility,
severed by the barrenness of their blades,
then betrayed by my body’s treachery,
despite its soft curves and femininity. 

Hope will reign; joy I chose not to suppress 
so vows were pledged to a babe long forbade
of abundant love from Mother Empress.

I stood upright and the deck was re-laid,
the Sun shone its glory, Cups filled for me,
a child was conceived as passions played
and Venus, quite moved, showed complicity... 
Oh, new life! Gift of overwhelming beauty!

My changing form I’d gratefully caress
as lullabies swelled to harmonious cascades 
of abundant love from Mother Empress.

How precious are blessings that are delayed,
this is my message of prosperity:
often our fortunes are plagued and waylaid
but are freed by nurtured creativity
or the miraculous first flutter of fertility. 

Now, stars dance in my crown, fruit adorns my dress,
Dear Querent, symbols to you are relayed
of abundant love from Mother Empress.

At last, nature has entwined with destiny,
I’ve opened my heart to trust and happiness,
Rejoice in my news! Accept this decree 
of abundant love from Mother Empress.

*This is a modified ballade. The rhyme scheme has been altered and I played fast and loose with the syllable count. 

About this poem:

This poem features some tarot terminology. 

The Empress is one of the Major Arcana cards and in an upright position is a symbol of fertility, love, abundance, femininity and prosperity. Inverted can mean infertility, discontentment and absense of creativity. She is often represented wearing a crown of stars and a pomegranate patterned gown.  

A querent is the subject of a tarot reading. 

The Ten of Swords is considered to be one of the most ominous tarot card and conveys disaster, loss or betrayal. 

The Sun is also a Major Arcana card and usually signifies happiness. 

Cups are an emotional suite, many from this suite signify joy and love, unless inverted. 

I have long identified with the Empress. I was infertile for 16 years, but I've always loved nature, children and all things creative. The Empress was often my personal significator card.

For a picture of the Empress card, please click on the About My Poem link, if you are able. 

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  1. Date: 12/7/2012 6:42:00 PM
    Loved it..not sure what the heck you were saying BUT then again when fortuning telling from a deck of tarot NO ONE knows what they heck they mean by what they say SO it worked! Congrad's on your fine write winning high honors. Light & Love

  1. Date: 12/7/2012 2:40:00 PM
    Cyndi :- ) Congratulations with your awesome poem in Tracie's "...Tarot Poem..." contest.. glad these are enjoyable winners.. take care~LINDA

  1. Date: 12/7/2012 11:49:00 AM
    Leave it to you Cyndi to actually know about this stuff already--took me a half hour just to look it up!! Great first on a brilliant write.

  1. Date: 12/7/2012 11:31:00 AM
    Congratulations on your placement in Tracie's contest Cyndi. Love Carol

  1. Date: 12/7/2012 10:20:00 AM
    Wonderful and heartfelt write! Congrats on a splendid win! Hugs

  1. Date: 12/7/2012 5:51:00 AM
    This is a very.beautiful and encouraging poem for women who are experiencing problems in conceiving,for women who have in mind to abort a child and for couples who didnt want children and are unecpectedly expecting.I was unexpectedly expecting in my 35yr old..after ten years not trying for kids.I have a 3month and she s my pride and joy.Tnks for sharing this poem with us.

  1. Date: 12/7/2012 1:32:00 AM
    Hi Cyndi, I know nothing about Trot cards in fact they scare me a bit so this one was not for me but big congratulations on your win xx

  1. Date: 12/7/2012 12:31:00 AM
    Wow, lots of cool information here. You really did your homework. Congrats on a wonderful win.

  1. Date: 12/6/2012 11:31:00 PM
    congrats Cyndi on a remarkable write on Empress Tarot and a well deserved first place win luv ..

  1. Date: 12/6/2012 8:07:00 PM
    Excellent poem. The emotion shines through as well as the meaning of the card.

  1. Date: 12/5/2012 2:39:00 AM
    Cyndi I know nothing about Tarot cards, but I know a wonderful well crafted poem when I see one and baby this is one of them, very well done....David