Crab Apple Love

I love myths and adore love. So when Sanaa’s Prompt Nights asked for myth in poetry, I went digging for a poem I wrote a few weeks after my Piano Man and I got handfasted. It has a bit of Psyche and Eros, of crab apples and Silver Lake, of cyberspace in New York… and of love.

“Crab Apple Love”

Our lust tale
burst out of cyberspace
high on crab apple permeated words.
Psyche’s heart profiled us a match made in New York.
The light in his burnt honeying eyes
spoke to my flesh and soul…
to my brain:
“Eros’ consort hides things,
but myth says she lies not to sisters.”
We kissed lore, said “I do” and boarded life’s ferry.
Hand-in-hand we sail our Silver Lake,
sharing crab apple love
and secrets.

Crab Apple Lovemy Piano Man and I collecting the crab apple branches we used to make handfasting favors

Triquain Swirl Poem: created by joining stanzas together on the seventh line, eliminating the second 3 syllable line and the space between stanzas. The finished stanza will stand at 13 lines and may be repeated thereafter. 3 – 6 – 9 – 12 – 9 – 6 – 3 – 6 – 9 – 12 – 9 – 6 – 3
*originally published here*

50 thoughts on “Crab Apple Love

  1. Burnt honeying eyes….this is real life romance at its sweetest! thanks for the glimpse into your superstar life Magaly. I love the reference to Psyche, is she of the Cupid and Psyche myth? Have a blessed life you two!

  2. I just wanted to thank you for being the inspiration for me to live with my chronic pain. It has been destroying and eroding me bit by bit and then I came across your blog and your way of dealing with it is just incredible. Thank you for showing me there is another way to be with this. I have fibromyalgia and it has been slowly killing my spirit. Any tips on staying positive? Thank you, Bev x

    • Thank you for telling me this, Bev. It means a lot to me. ♥

      As you already know, from living with it, chronic pain is something very personal to each individual–every person experiences pain differently, even when they live with the same condition. This fact makes giving effective tips rather difficult. I don’t know about your personality, your hobbies, your living arrangements, the kind of work you do…

      Having said that, I think the best thing I can suggest to anyone living with pain (or any chronic condition) is to find something they love (and are able to do), and go ahead and do it as much as they can. In other words, keep busy. Don’t let the pain dictate what you do with your life and your time. You can’t ignore it, of course. You need to take care of yourself, but don’t let it push you into a place where the main thing in your life is pain. I, for instance, write. I try doing things with my hands (even when they hurt). I do any exercise my body allows. I stay in contact with other people who live with chronic pain, and who are willing to move beyond it.

      I don’t think that anyone can really tell another how to make things better. The only thing we can do for each other is push forward, share the good and the bad, and hope to find a place where we can smile honestly and bright enough to quiet the pain.

      • Thank you, this is good advice. My pain has definitely been pushing me into a place where only it is. It has been a horrible tyrant! I love your writing and am very glad you make sure you carry on with it. There are so many things over the past few years I have let pain steal from me but the wonderful thing is I now get to try lots of new things and choose what to focus on.

        I have tried to shut the pain out of my life but this has made it even worse. I see from your way of dealing with it that it can be lived with and even put in its place! Best wishes, Bev x

        • That’s the spirit! Even if we have to stop doing A, we always have B and C to try and enjoy. And yes, the trick is not to ignore the pain (I don’t know anyone who can do that), but to make it part of our lives, and learn behaviors that turns the pain into something we can bear… and even exploit! 😉 ♥

          • I have been thinking a lot about what you said especially the part about doing what you love and not letting pain dictate how you spend your time. I love all things witchy- tarot, oracle,runes, crystals etc! and I have for the longest time wanted to start a blog just to document my journey with my witchiness.

            I have come up with excuse after excuse as to why I can’t do this and the loudest excuse is because of the pain and how it doesn’t leave me with enough energy to write a blog.

            Enough is enough! I have decided to begin planning a blog. I can’t put off the rest of my life because of the pain, the pain and I need to learn to live together.

            Thank you so much for your advice and inspiration.

            Bev x

            • Dearest Bev, this has made my day. This is one of the reasons I blog: to reach out to likeminded people, so that we can learn from each other and remind each other that we aren’t alone. Also, putting things into words (or into art in general) is so very helpful.

              I wish you the best in the creation of your blog (do let me know when you start it). Remember that you don’t have to make it about a specific thing, make it about Bev and that will open doors to tons of topics (witchiness, crafting, chronic pain, every day life…).

              Thank you for sharing you news! ♥

              • I most certainly will tell you when my blog is up and running. I am enjoying the planning of it and I have noticed that when I am keeping busy thinking about it my pain takes a back seat for a little while in a way that it never does when I am at work.

                I am looking forward to this new chapter in my life. I have been hanging on to the shreds of my pre-pain life and it is no way to live.

                Have a lovely weekend
                Bev x

              • I am sorry , I posted my last comment before reading your latest post that the anniversary is close. My thoughts are with you. Bev x

                • I think you’ve just given yourself one of “the tips” you asked me for at the beginning of this exchange: you are keeping busy. It doesn’t take the pain away, but it focuses the pain on something else… so the pain doesn’t feel like such a burden. And that is really good every now and again. 🙂

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