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Who am I?

I am the source of all life,
Yet without you the cycle is incomplete.
I am the vessel
From which the rites of passage
Must be performed.
You journey,
You toil,
But you must succeed .
The chalice lies in waiting.

From me did the earliest time keepers Observing periodic cycles, emerge.
I am the innocence and purity
Of a million crimson bodies
Gushing to fulfil their divine destinies.

I am shamed, avoided, detested, scorned And labelled unclean.
The message I bear remains a mystery.
The moon and I
Together we dance to form
And then to shed.

I am the point of contact
To many a sacrifice,
The symbol of life, birth, death and
Image rebirth.
Who am I?

Ms. Nneka Acholonu Egbuna, a Newspackng contributor, is a culture and development expert at Catherine Acholonu Research Centre. She is also an advocate of human rights, women, peace and security.

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Ms. Nneka Acholonu Egbuna, a Newspackng contributor, is a culture and development expert at Catherine Acholonu Research Centre. She is also an advocate of human rights, women, peace and security.
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