October 4th – Our Lady of Vassivière, Auvergne, France (1374)


Transfiguration of the Black Madonna (excerpted from Zenith) ** 

Gypsy Goddess; Gypsy Saint
Black Madonna, full of snakes, let your crescent down. Wield the sickle, rush the milk, and

salt the serpents’ mouths. Golden bangles, black milk snakes—these adorn your arms. Blue sky

cloth cut for (you) Sarah, Sarah Black, Madonna Shadow, cut for goddess saint of wanderers,

cut predestined, cut of chaos, cut the star palm bowls. Slip the feathers under scales and

reform the body whole. You were a slave who sailed the chasm, sailed the sea and sun.

Persecution sprang a river from the monster: milk, and spit, and blood. In the monster lived a

woman and the woman’s soul—you wore her face and wore her tresses spun from black snake

gold—golden teeth and golden brow, golden tail and root. The milk snakes split their nests and

fled and now your mouth is ruined. There is no birth, there is no death, there’s only mutant

growth, and milk snakes dyeing Sarah’s skin with heaps and heaps of gold. There is no sickle,

there is no moon, there is no blood or salt. There’s only Sarah sailing through the dream in

which she’s caught.

by Jessica Reidy

** please note that this poem is about Santa Maria del la Mer, – however she is also a Black Madonna… and what I was hoping to do was to take a moment and share a thought about Black Madonnas.  The author of the poem, Jessica Reidy,  has kindly got in touch to share with us more information about  Santa Maria del la Mer and her Romani background.

I would  strongly ask you  to take  read the following article, that Jessica has shared . It’s is fascinating and offers a wonderful insight to the history of no only Kali Sara but other Black Madonnas and the Romani memory and worship of them.

“The Romani Goddess Kali Sara” – Ronald Lee

Also please, read more of Jessica’s poetry, as it is truly beautiful.

The Romani Goddess-Saint Sara Kali


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3 thoughts on “October 4th – Our Lady of Vassivière, Auvergne, France (1374)

    1. Hi Jessica, thanks for this, I have amended the post as you cans say and have added the link to the article, blog about Santa Maria de la Mer. I am fascinated about the juxtaposition between the westernised blonde blue eyed Madonna and the Black Madonna. Also part of this exercise/blog is to subvert and show people other images of the Madonna as well as introduce different styles of poetry around a theme. I take the feats day, and go off in a bit of a tangent, to find something within them and then introduce a poem and are alternative image; it doesn’t necessarily have to be poem about that ‘Lady’ or what that Lady of the day or the feast day itself represents. represents. I hope that makes some kind of sense. xxx


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