“Some people automatically associate horns with evil. I use them to represent the outsiders or ‘the others,’ which is not synonymous with evil.” – Camille Quintos
What if I told you She was
and She went to bed every night
rumpled morning sheets
desecrated water fountains
the crack of dinner plates
the setting fire to a cheating man’s clothes?
What if I told you Eve was our Messiah
who didn’t allow
the gasping of air cradled
in sweat-soaked sheets from a bad dream
a bad life?
What if I told you Her teeth
flapped out of his skin
he, who stole from Her recluse tongue
bringing profligates to their knees?
What if I told you the Serpent was
Adam’s own jealous lie?
What if I told you She breathed
roses and knives cradling Her belly?
– how a child
could make Her body
you let the lambs in to rest?
– or when She dreamed
water so blue
the horizon became a swimming pool
between ocean and sky?
What if I told you that fire
set Her divinity ablaze
until She became the Sun itself:
Destroyer Demon Witch Woman Rebel Healer Savior Mother Maiden Matriarch Woman Queen Warrior Woman Sin Temptress Mistress Wife Heartbreaker Lover Love Woman Dream Woman Salvation Woman Woman
*“Diwata” was published in NOMBONO: An Anthology of Speculative Poetry by BIPOC Creators, Knoxville: Sundress Publications, 2021