When I was a child, I drank the blood from my friend’s wound
the same way Dolly Dagger drank the blood from the jagged edge.
A blood offering
is the highest form of dedication
and the one who accepts it can be truly trusted.
To worship Kali has nothing to do with you showing your tongue
like a half-wit.
Cannibalism is not mandatory like the mass media
spooks people with this radical aspect of the ideology.
The beauty of the idea is in the way how
the men and the women of Kali cover themselves with ashes
and the men only have sex with the women
when they are menstruating.
This is the sign of dedication and trust
and reflects the natural harmony between men and women,
the carriers of Death
and the holders of Life.
Paula Puolakka (1982) is a Beat poet, writer, and MA (History of Science and Ideas.) She has won poetry, essay, and short story competitions held in the USA, Israel, and Finland. In 2019, for example, Voice of Eve, Edify Fiction, and The Reader/Author Connection Magazine have displayed her work.