AmoretBriarRose

The Wind: An Air Memoir

It is October of 2008. My lover has left me, I have started graduate school, and my mother has cancer. My entire world has been turned upside down in a matter of months. Three years prior, I had moved from Chicago to Pittsburgh to be with my lover, and though the relationship had the usual ups and downs of partnership, I had thought it was solid, and stable, and a forever thing – at that time, I still believed in forever things. In April 2008 he told me that he wasn’t sure if he wanted to remain in the relationship, […]

All the Green and Growing Things: Casting a Spell upon Myself

The first three months of 2017 have been full of change, disruption and flux for me. Like the seasonal shift from winter to spring, I have been working through the fits and starts of the new exchanging with the old, of life dancing with death. I have been sitting listlessly at home, waiting for the weather to shift, waiting for a physical shift in my environment and hopefully, a shift in my headspace. But which comes first, a shift in my head or a shift in my hands? A long time ago, when I was whining about a difficult situation, […]

Ehwaz/The Horse

Ehwaz/The Horse by Amoret BriarRose I approach her slowly, bit of apple in my hand, hoping to coax her? Befriend her? I’m not sure either is truly possible. I know in my heart: she is a wild thing though the path near the fence is deep and worn and her warm breath fogs the air as her teeth gingerly grab sweetness from my open palm, her muzzle soft, pliant. Her eyes betray her.     previously published on November 9, 2016 at amoretbriarrose.com

The Gift Must Move

Potential Energy By Amoret BriarRose The seeds (sealed in a pocket squashed in a small pot with spongy, thirsty dirt and simple instructions for planting, a gesture, an idea of green) surprise themselves and sprout. Spring has come to Pittsburgh, and I think it is finally here to stay.  In my region, Spring and Winter often do a strange dance at this time of year, with neither really being comfortable leading. Since February, we have been having a few abnormally warm days followed by a solid block of frigid winter, which is then followed by warming, then more winter. It’s […]