Mountain Lady Woman

i am a mountain lady woman
i got mountain lady feet
i was born in muddy waters
hot,
sticky,
troubled,
deep

i washed up on the mountainside
only half alive
with one foot still in ether-land
the other to survive

i was forged by thunder clap
by naked fire in the sand
and will return from whence i came
but not before i stand

i was left here by the lightening
to remember, to grow old
to forget the stories taught me
and unbind the ones untold

i am a mountain lady woman
i got mountain lady feet
i was born in muddy waters
hot,
sticky,
troubled,
deep

i am a mountain lady woman
i got mountain lady feet
they may crack and bleed and burn
but they never yield to heat

i am a mountain lady woman
i got mountain lady feet
and they can only dance with danger
with my anger as their meat

i’m as steady as the ocean bed
my mountain nestles in
i’m the torrent wave that shakes and quakes
the rusty boat within

my mountain lady feet
have made my mountain lady thighs
i have mountain lady sorrows
i have mountain lady spies

i am a mountain lady woman
i got mountain lady feet
i was born in muddy waters
hot,
sticky,
troubled,
deep

i climbed up the mountain
just to see what i could see
and all i found besides the wind
was the light
the earth
and me

so i sojourn in the valley
to find a good story to tell
and for anyone who holds me
i’m the water in the well

i am daughter to the storm
i am mother to the cloud
though my journey be a stealth one
by my meaning i am loud

i am shelter for the tender
though i burn away the night
by the soles upon my feet
i live to set the souls abright

this is the legend as it is told
the story before time
and by rule of legend telling
i am declared in rhyme

but the skin that binds me to a name
a body, to a face
is too tired to remain
in this god forsaken place.

i will wither and obey the tide
when i return to shore
with my last breath and word
i shall settle every score
with my last breath and word
i ain’t gonna worry no more

i am a mountain lady woman
i got mountain lady feet
i was born in muddy waters
hot,
sticky,
troubled,
deep