Catechism for a witch’s child

Catechism for a witch’s child
by J.L. Stanley.

When they ask to see your gods
your book of prayers
show them lines
drawn delicately with veins
on the underside of a bird’s wing
tell them you believe
in giant sycamores mottled
and stark against a winter sky
and in nights so frozen
stars crack open spilling streams of molten ice to earth
and tell them how you drank
the holy wine of honeysuckle
on a warm spring day
and of the softness
of your mother
who never taught you
death was life’s reward
but who believed in the earth
and the sun
and a million, million light years
of being.

(I found this online a while ago and came across it tonight. I always wanted to give this to one of my kids.  I asked Glimmering (14) to read it tonight and I think they liked it.)

Catechism for a witch’s child was originally published on Leiptr

Catechism for a witch’s child was originally published on Leiptr

Catechism for a witch’s child was originally published on Leiptr

Catechism for a witch’s child was originally published on Leiptr

Catechism for a witch’s child was originally published on Leiptr

Catechism for a witch’s child was originally published on Leiptr

Catechism for a witch’s child was originally published on Leiptr

Catechism for a witch’s child was originally published on Leiptr

Catechism for a witch’s child was originally published on Leiptr

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