a literary journal published by the Black Earth Institute dedicated to re-forging the links between art and spirit, earth and society
does a frozen stream choose its silence?
when a bird is shot from the sky
what is the sound of its fall?
who hears the wind in the wake of a comet?
my tongue is not tangled,
it is hidden in a thicket
still as any animal of prey.
there is everything and nothing more to say.
I won’t say what I saw
don’t ask me.
I won’t tell what I did.
you don’t want to know.
silence is mercy and penance, one.
who among you wants to hear,
no war is ever done.
Elizabeth Cunningham is best known as the author of The Maeve Chronicles, a series of award winning novels featuring a feisty Celtic Magdalen. Her classic feminist novels The Wild Mother and The Return of the Goddess have both been released in 25th anniversary editions. Elizabeth is also the author of Murder at the Rummage Sale. The sequel, All the Perils of this Night, will be published in 2019. She has published three collections of poems and trusts that Tell Me the Story Again will be the fourth. An interfaith minister, Cunningham is in private practice as a counselor. She is also a fellow emeritus of Black Earth Institute.