A Song from the Ash
Even now, a creature stirs deep in the ashes of her old and now dead life.
What was once, is no longer.
Last blood spilled.
Final breath heaved.
Nothing remaining but the ash of the old.
Unto dust it has returned.
Peeking out from beneath the cinders –
a tiny spark of light.
Glimmering and iridescent in shades of
cyan, fuchsia, tangerine, and chartreuse.
Peeking shyly, parting the cinder curtain –
seeing if it’s safe outside.
Dare she step forth into the open?
Her bolder sister, tested on the witch’s pyre
and made of warrior’s rage
had hid her under armor,
but of her brave sister, now only ash remains.
“Who now will keep me safe?” she wondered.
The ash whispering as a soft wind came and blew it away:
“You will keep yourself safe.”
A single blood-red tear dripped down the creature’s face
as she offered a silent prayer of thanks
to the sister who had courageously paved the way.
Testing new legs, she slowly stood
Stretching arms to discover she had wings.
Leaning into the air,
the creature carried aloft.
Dancing on the breeze she first whispered,
and then sang her true name:
Joy! Joy! Joy!
copyright Lauri Ann Lumby
Lauri Ann Lumby
is the author of ten books including Returning – a Woman’s Midlife Journey to Herself, and Happily Ever After – the Transformational Journey from “You Complete Me” to Beloved Partnership.