Cycle of Berries

Day 10 NaPoWriMo. The beautiful Queen Silvia of Sweden adorns the stamp from my visit to my friend, Irene, in Sweden. Irene and I met as Yoga teachers more than a decade ago. During my visit, Irene and I talked about the experience of women and how we carry the experiences of our ancestors. The mythical creature, Storsjӧodjuret, showed up in this poem. He lives in the big lake near where Irene and I picked berries and out of which we ate fish. A Norse symbol of unity, of cycles, is a snake or dragon biting its tail.

Cycle of Berries

We picked berries
Wild lingonberries
black currents
and red currents.
Round berries
luscious fleshy berries
growing together on branches.

We ate borage flowers,
fresh caught fiske
from the big lake,
the lake where lurks
the dragon creature Storsjӧodjuret.
Across generations
he has grown large enough
to bite his own tail
creating a loop,
a continuous circle
like the berries
that fall to earth
and sprout again
to feed us their memories.












Me with reindeer antler shed in Sweden

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Dawn’s calling is for her poetry to make our world a positive place. She believes in the power of poetry to process, to focus, to align, and to find our way to happiness and fulfillment. Thus, her pen-name is CreatetheDawn. Follow Dawn's work on this blog and in her books to help fill your world with wit, wisdom, and wonder.
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