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.”

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

I Made this Poem

I’m so excited about today’s prompt that I can barely control myself. I’m planning to write a poem about AlmaMia Cienfuegos’ grandmother, Sofía. I adore every character I’ve written—they are my children (including the terrible ones)—but Sofía has a special place in my heart. The poem will tell you why… after I write it *cough*.

For Day 9 of NaPoWriMo with Magaly Guerrero 2015, Write a poem inspired by something created by you (a story, a painting, a recipe…). I’m dying to read all the different combinations: story and poetry, painting and poetry, sculpting and poetry, tightrope walking and poetry, potion making and poetry, poetry and poetry…


* Leave a link to your poem, as a comment. Include the title of your entry, and the direct link to your post. Example: “NaPoWriMo with Magaly Guerrero 2015”: Visit other Wicked Darlings and comment on their yum. They might visit you back (it’s polite).

* If you use this prompt, please link it to your post. And if you are feeling extra delicious, link your poem to the main entry. Show others where to go. Spread the word. Linking back to the source will make the flame burn brighter. I just know it.

A Lost Witchmy flame burns on water and stone