Crone of My Mind’s Flesh

You ran fiery and inexorable
through my thoughts,
before my blood felt you
would need your Own Soul
to make you human.

A Big Bang can start a universe,
but the story of a world can’t be kept just
by fire and stone—
life needs water and air;
living wants spirit.

All who read the lines of your face
believe you birthed to be protectress
of the Wild Child running my heart’s woods.
But you were my firstborn:
wise, knowing, Crone of my mind’s flesh.

I carry you in my skull
with a book, a sprig of rosemary, and a silver frog.
The land fell in love with your thumb…

and I
with you both.

Process Note: Sofía Cienfuegos is a character in AlmaMia Cienfuegos and Other Stories. The short collection focuses on her youngest granddaughter, but Mamabuela (Grandmother) lived in my head and heart a long time before I knew a story would be written. The poem was partly inspired by my favorite of her quotes: “We can choose not to remember this day, but bones have strong memories. And earth never forgets.”

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NaPoWriMo with Magaly Guerrero 2015, Day 9 – I Made this Poem: Write a poem inspired by something created by you (a story, a painting, a recipe…).

AlmaMia Cienfuegos and Other StoriesAlmaMia Cienfuegos and Other Stories, by Magaly Guerrero
cover art, by Michelle Kennedy

Mamabuela (Sofia Cienfuegos) by Gina“Sofía (Mamabuela) Cienfuegos”, through the eyes of Gina Morley

37 thoughts on “Crone of My Mind’s Flesh

  1. Each word here is both memory and realization, wish and living fulfillment, for what does the Crone teach us but to live with her Spirit and our own in union, and joy…I could sense this was about your wise grandmother–I was lucky enough to have one also, not as wise, but just as loving, and I am her and have been her often, in whatever ways I can manage, so that somehow her Life goes on. I love this history of the (wild) heart and the magic that protects it.

  2. Finally! Mamabuela gets her due! “The land fell in love with her thumb” describes who she is and how she fits into the landscape of your stories just perfectly. You know what happens now? I am so hungry for more AlmaMia!! LOL

  3. OK, this is not awesome, not even AWESOME, it is F-ING AWESOME!!!
    Love that Gina & my art got to share space with this poem (love Gina’s work & this art piece has so much feeling), actually I felt a bit like I was part of a ménage à trois…

  4. I’m delighted you returned to the themes from your novel. It’s one of my favorites, a fact I haven’t been shy about saying. The poem was a little window, well worth looking through. Bravo!

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