#37.6 Thurs., Oct. 13, 2022

Historical setting: 589 C.E. A house in the Pagan village          Thole and Largin caught up in wonder argue incessantly over taking turns to hold the baby. Both father and grandfather have acquired that skill overnight.  Tilp is doing well, Ana says. Colleen recites instructions in monotone. I’ve known some who are Irish ceaselessly yammerContinue reading “#37.6 Thurs., Oct. 13, 2022”

#37.2, Weds., Oct. 5, 2022

Historical setting: 589 C.E. The river crossing near Tours          In this little fringe of a wood I watch a vixen eluding me, giving up her own hiding so I won’t notice her kits.          It seems when I am in love the whole world is in love, and when my mind is only onContinue reading “#37.2, Weds., Oct. 5, 2022”

#37.1, Tues., Oct. 4, 2022

Historical setting: 589 C.E. The river crossing near Tours          This cold October rain is relentless. Rivulets of gray water run in the ruts merging into the full river of roadway. The little donkey shakes his head to clear his eyes. I lead him walking, while the women spread the tarp over the cart forContinue reading “#37.1, Tues., Oct. 4, 2022”

#35.7, Tues., Aug., 16, 2022

Historical setting: 589 C.E. Châlons          The servant folds down the sumptuous linens and our ewer is replenished and now Ana and I are alone.          I ask Ana what she discovered of a woman’s anatomy in the books.          “I’ve learned more from the shepherd. The only medical book was the Roman book fromContinue reading “#35.7, Tues., Aug., 16, 2022”

Post #33.9, Tues., June 21, 2022

Historical setting: 589 C.E. The path to the cottage in the Vosges          It wasn’t exactly the ritual we were seeking, but now I do have a clearer understanding of Ana’s hopes and dreams.  I share the hope in the possibility that we could one day have children. It seems so common, but it isContinue reading “Post #33.9, Tues., June 21, 2022”

Post #30.12, Thursday, March 24, 2022

Historical setting: 589 C.E. The cottage in the mountains          Ana and I are stumbling over steep cobblestones of reunion. Her dream of finding her beloved teacher alive and well, welcoming her back is dashed, and instead she gets handed a man with a wound.          She breaks into my silence with words, “Of courseContinue reading “Post #30.12, Thursday, March 24, 2022”

Post #30.11, Weds., March 23, 2022

Historical setting: 589 C.E. The cottage in the mountains          I’ve always imagined finding Anatase and it would be a happy reunion, abundant gratitude and endless hopes fulfilled. I’ve done nothing here but stare into the deep sky and I feel like she’s blaming me for all her hurt just because of my gender.         Continue reading “Post #30.11, Weds., March 23, 2022”

Post #27.1, Weds., December 1, 2021

Historical setting: 588 C.E. Jesse’s Farm          It’s an early rising for chores long before the night is broken. Thole and I milk the goats and fill the oats in the horse’s trough as silently as we can not to waken Jesse and whomever else he has in his bed after yesterday’s feasting.  We drawContinue reading “Post #27.1, Weds., December 1, 2021”

Post #26.13, Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021

Historical setting: 588 C.E. Forest Primeval          Thole is defiant. Grieving for Eve who raised him through his childhood, then he left her in her blindness to go back to his father to take the responsibilities of a farmer. Maybe he feels the same guilt as I, who also abandoned Eve in her silent, uncomplainingContinue reading “Post #26.13, Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021”

Post #26.12, Thurs., Nov. 25, 2021

Historical setting: 588 C.E. The Count’s Mansion          A victory feast at a fine estate is a great spread of meats and bold porridges, an abundance of saved melons and dried berries, honey and cream spreads, wine and mead flowing free. Possibly, in the other room at the women’s table they have these same indulgencesContinue reading “Post #26.12, Thurs., Nov. 25, 2021”