The Patio Maidens The little one in the nursing felt poorly; knew what scared was scarred was; it didn't feel good and nursing mattered… it's
Nursing for the home at any stage where is that other side?
Several weeks ago a quail of Artemis laid an egg in my geranium pot on the patio and something like a stone began rolling away beneath me.
Next day she lay and laid another and then another and the next and the next till finally on the seventh day she rested.
Meanwhile Aphrodite's dove in haste built a scanty shanty in another corner of my patio on the backside of a potted cactus living atop the bookshelf where I have no book left unread and a seashell where still I sit sometimes and dream...
I was lighting the grill and got the salmon half-way done when she came and lay laying two eggs then left again.
I water the geranium from the underside now putting an oversized iron skillet with a flat bottom underneath the pot which, by the way I had to set atop a chimenea to keep javelina from eating its blossoms the night before. Indeed, some ways of nursing seem odd…
yet, the little ones in the nursing have me by the heart and I feel like I'm all the way back to where I come from. Something holy has come over me; I am fierce about life again which has started something else laughing
Picture it! The eggs got laid one by one in a frying pan to incubate and hatch while I must water the frying pan to feed what fires the geranium and all this sits atop a curvy chimenea where Hestia apparently and presently keeps safely life's eternal flame tending this fire by keeping up dis
appearances; nursing for the home (at any stage) in deed is unseemingly odd. Yet, presently and even though they will come and go these little ones in the nursing have made it feel like home to me again. In your nursing…
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.