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Intro: This piece was written April 30, 2007 – the day before my third wedding anniversary with my ex-husband.  We had been married on May 1, Beltane, one of the most magickal nights of the year.  We had both Christian and Pagan ministers perform the ceremony to accomodate both of our beliefs.  Unfortunately, the marriage was over before it began, really, and I held on for three years making every effort to turn the tides.  Finally, I realized I had done everything I could do, and staying in the relationship would only bring pain to us all, so as Beltane of 2007 came to be, I tried to honor the holiday while still recognizing that the “spell” cast at the wedding was one I was about to consciously “undo”.

“Ashes to Ashes”
Written by:
Wendi Friend
April 30, 2007

I’ll pick a flower or three
and weave them
into wreaths

I’ll braid my hair
honor the seasons
dance with the faeries

in pregnant full moon light

twirling ’round the May pole
with my skirt
flowering around me

celebrating intimacy
celebrating fertility
celebrating life

celebrating love

in its essence
not its false
and pretended

illusions

I’ll remember…
and I’ll want
to forget

and I’ll wish
to un-wish wishes
from Belatanes past

and cast the remnants
of broken dreams
into the bonfire

Ashes to ashes…

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