We, the each, are nothing but memories. We are the Lord of Memories for ourselves and for those of our commitments. And what we as the crucible for those memories have made of our world. The painful we hope we have overcome and forgiven and the good will have repeated itself forever more.
For the children it was a matter of what could I give on which to build a life. They grew beneath my heart and were my responsibility. Many times it simply was a matter of the scent of cinnamon which would recall a Saturday night home from a date with a cooling loaf of bread waiting, or the ease of laughter in a situation tight with tension that would give a moment’s respite for peace to enter and habits to give ritual a chance for discipline to be mastered.
Habit, talk, love, and caring demonstrated. Not in that order but in whatever order they would be required. I would not know what my children would call upon when the world went cold for them, but I could do what I could do and hope it was a something needed that was within my power. Memories could do that.
The Memory Makers. . .
The smell of the damp morning
kindled memories of earth mold,
as she fetched the wood
and stirred the fire anew.
Warmth crept into the chill room
as ghost’s of Springs’ past kept watch
and in unison nodded approval
to make waves on still born ethers.
The children slept; their various ages
revealed by the length of their slumbers.
Each in his turn made thanks
in silent novenas to the Memory Maker.
Her precise movements
were liturgical practices in acknowledgement
of their presence. They were easy to love.
The fire spit; the fresh ham already
sent its perfume through rooms
with closed doors. The sleeping children
stirred in deep recollection
of some thing long ago enacted.
They would soon rise and rub sleep
out of granular lids and bid the good morning.
And she, with her own recollection of
remembrances would nod in tribute
to the Lord of Memories, who discount arthritic knees to
press on each generation of Memory Makers.