Category Archives: Legends

Jacaranda (An Etude)

The legend of the Jacaranda tree was told to me one Saturday in June. I loved committing it to memory; by 2 p.m. on Sunday afternoon, I knew the tale as if it were my own. I swallowed Amazon mythology, … Continue reading

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National Anthem

When I was young, my father musicked me (by vinyl records and his reel-to-reel) with opera, Broadway tunes and symphony, in folksongs and their singalong appeal, and Souza marches played by Army bands, with jazz and ragtime, blues and their … Continue reading

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Three (Non)Wishes

A deathless life and wealth beyond compare and never laboring: these are the three conditions legends say we would repair, if granted wishes. Immortality or gold is first, the other next, and work- avoidance makes the third gratuity. Then fables … Continue reading

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More on Myth

Once upon an ancient time ago, men were just as primitive as now. Hormonally impelled to fight and show the women who’s in charge, they monkeyed how to raise a god reflective of their need: to make a masculine mythology, … Continue reading

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Missing Mything

While mustangs are abundant in the West, nobody here has seen a unicorn. And though some Salem ladies once confessed to witchery, our homeland is forlorn of wizards, warlocks, covens in the night, familiars, fauns or fairies in the wood, … Continue reading

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Masque

The seasoned salts of ancient history included superstitions in their trade. Encountering the buxom manatee, they chanty-named the animal “mermaid.” Were they by saline spray and fog so blind, or by long voyaging did they forget? They saw the attitude … Continue reading

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Becoming Lilith

If menstruating women bring bad luck, and childbirth’s a devil-daring deed, if every woman hungers for a fuck and ultimately has no other need, if feminine equipment is impure, unruly both in body and in mind, and women must be … Continue reading

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