Marilyn told of women and hot steaming dung used for fuel, plaster for houses,
fertilizer: dung, life-giving, treasured birthday gift for a desperate gardener of
a dry garden.
What about world meltdown coming? A questioner asked.
Marilyn grew quiet, thoughtful. She spoke of dire omens in other countries.
Those who have the most (like the U.S.) Have the most to lose, the farthest to
fall, the least to shore up their wants, needs.
Her calmness made me want to run to stores, stock up
on seeds, mason jars, (electricity might fail), canning supplies, top soil,
and maybe half a dozen free range hens (one rooster)
a nanny goat or two to milk
(notice female animals are always the more valuable, more life-giving),
sheep for wool, and my grandmother’s carder and her spinning wheel.
Just in case.
Listening to Marilyn
made cash money and all that goes with it airy-fairy, unreal, meaningless,
if real trouble comes.
About the Author
Deborah Hedd (a.k.a. D. Jean Young) works and writes in the small town of Deer Lake in Newfoundland, Canada. Her books include the young adult novel, Quicksilver Summer and a historical fiction book about Deer Lake, Pathways Through the Ages. Her short fiction, nonfiction and poetry has appeared in print and in e-zines. She enjoys encouraging other writers and promoting literacy, especially in her home town and has helped compile, edit and publish several local anthologies. She thrives on sharing ideas, challenges and victories and thereby multiplying the potential of all involved. You my visit her online at www.nfld.net/jeanyoungfinancial