Journeying Into the Dark to Find the Light
Hello everyone, my name is Rommy. I want to give a big thank you to Stacy for agreeing to let me guest post today. Her artwork often feels like a visual fairy tale. Take for instance, her recent piece,
“I Am Safe to Be Me.”
There’s a story in that painting. You can see it in the small heart that looks like a kiss from the wind, the alertness in the crow sentinels, and especially in the smile of the figure at the center. There’s more to it than the knowledge that she’s safe; that smile is beginning to dream of a future where she can thrive. It may not be a faery tale in a traditional sense, but wonder and enchantment are all there.
I like to play with these ideas in my writing. My new collection of short stories, The Trouble with Wanting, and Other Not-Quite Faery Tales, takes faery tale themes and spins them out in ways that are different from the classics. “Her Homesick Spirit,” might be the least traditional of all the stories told, but the heroine, Rina, has to navigate a strange new world as intimidating as any dark, mysterious forest. Things might look familiar but they feel wrong as she wrestles with moving away from her family’s expectations to finally find a space she feels safe. The following poem elaborates on some of the themes in the story:
Light In An Eclipse
There is blood on the end of the sickle moon, though no one but me can see it.
It's the same moon that hung over the place I was born grown gaunt with homesickness.
Or maybe I've just seen myself reflected in the moon as darkness inches across it, engulfing it so nothing of its past remains.
The most familiar things look wrong under a moonless sky. I recognize nothing that looks like home.
I embrace my darkness, but I do not let it consume me for I have the brightness of the stars in my soul.
I let them point the way, if not towards home, towards a future where I shine steady as souls wax and wane around me.
Have you ever taken a walk off the beaten track to find yourself? Tell me about it in the comments section for a chance to win a copy of the e-book. The contest closes on November 25, midnight EST. I will choose the winner and announce their names back on my blog. Stacy will also add the name of the winner to this post. Good luck!
The Trouble with Wanting, and Other Not-Quite Faerie Tales is available now at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.