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”

Post #26.11, Weds., Nov. 24, 2021

Historical setting: 588 C.E. Forest Primeval          The long board for men dining at this feast is in the main hall amid a décor of a sword and the yellow banner. I’m seated here mid-table with this multitude of men.  Count Bertigan is at the head. The women here will join us later for theContinue reading “Post #26.11, Weds., Nov. 24, 2021”

Post #25.10, Tues., October 26, 2021

Historical setting: 588 C.E.          An autumn wind brushes through the patch of rosemary wafting with the scent of broken stems setting a storm onto our patch of sky then drenching rain. With Eve’s house in ash there is no shelter. We are all, however we grieve, soaking in shared rain.          The soft grayContinue reading “Post #25.10, Tues., October 26, 2021”

Post #25.9, Thurs., October 21, 2021

Historical setting: 588 C.E. leaving Ligugè          We leave after morning matins. The rising golden sun, the alleluias of our lauds, even the early songs of the birds rising from the trees for their autumn pilgrimage – it all seems out of place in my own grieving.           Riding at an easy gait the youngContinue reading “Post #25.9, Thurs., October 21, 2021”

Post #25.8, Weds., October 20, 2021

Historical setting: 588 C.E. Ligugè          I’ve just met this man who has come as a messenger bringing the sorrows we share. We both love Eve in our own ways. I’ve learned now that Eve was violently slashed by invaders outside her burning house. She was clutching her precious parchments on which Anatase had placedContinue reading “Post #25.8, Weds., October 20, 2021”