Stories

Thanatos

“A daughter without her mother is a woman broken. It is a loss that turns to arthritis and settles deep into her bones.” ~ Kristin Hannah “She’s gone,” said Jenny, the nurse. I knew she was gone … had been mentally preparing myself for nine months. A gestation, growth and transition I didn’t want to…

Poetry

Poetry. It’s a word that can elicit a collective yawn. B o r i n g!  Right?! I mean, who chooses to sit down and read poetry. Ten years ago, I had the dubious honour of teaching poetry to students in grades 7 and 11. The prospect of such left me feeling nauseous, anxious and…

Taboo

Photo by Cecilia Lee “Soul is to be found in the vicinity of taboo.” ~ Thomas Moore   Two evocative syllables. A powerful noun, verb and adjective. For me, the word elicits hushed tones, noir images and blurred boundaries. It can be seductive and scary.  And no matter how much we try to avoid it,…

Purple

How odd … the childhood vignettes we recall. No rhyme or reason. He is purple. Father always struck me as melancholic. He’d mouth sacraments – we’d faithfully echo.  Gentle, deliberate and perpetually deep in thought. The pensive, purple stole caught my eye … crucified with gold.  My virgin zeal, as I held the chalice, amethyst…