Always there has been this reach And its limits Ringless, jointed, feather-fingered--a hand Not meant to be kissed or touched Instead it touches Fingers curled Salve for the broken, sweet-teared, salted cheek A living bandage Folded neatly, unfolded, folded again
And it appears too often patient One can see the patience Filed nails, smooth, imperfect A cared-for invitation Patted and plumped, dusted and swept Surely, a god creates a shape as this Meant to be cherished---ahh Man should love not worship A child often does But, even more than this This hand may know The significance of being made for real And not for show
Teacher, essayist, poet and cultural mythologer, Stephanie has a BA in education from Walsh University and a master's degree in mythological studies from Pacifica Graduate Institute. She teaches Myth & Poetics In Personal Writing, DreamWork & Musing Life on line through mythopoetry.com. Between 2010-2012 she is editing, producing and publishing Mythopoetry Scholar Ezine vol 1-3.
Stephanie works mythopoetics on line @mythopoetry.com where she explores, traces and reveals dominant mythic images and mythemes in psyche-making at work between cosmos and culture today.
Published in numerous poetry journals including the premier issues of Literary House and A Hudson View International Stephanie's poetry receives Pushcart nominations between 2007-2010. Her first poetry volume, Like A Woman Falling, now out of print, published in 2004. Currently in the works is a book of essays and a second poetry volume, Monsters & Bugs.