Going Home
viii - Ancient Ashes

A Poem by Alma A. Hromic


I come to this place and I tunnel deep
hoping some buried treasure trove to find;
shards of pain, love, joy — pieces of the kind
of thing that made me laugh, or frown, or weep.

I find a temple to my memories
watched by household Gods with eyes of blind stone
and run from things I fear to call my own
for dread of what my excavation frees —

here old and forgotten childhood dreams burn
before stern-faced statues of ancestors
who brood over the paying of old scores.

I flee now — but one day I shall return
and dig, burrow deep, until I have found
ancient ashes buried in holy ground.


[Ed. Note: Eighth part of a 10-part poem. « Beginning | « Previous | Next »]

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Alma Hromic, the author with R. A. Deckert of Letters from the Fire, was born in Novi Sad, Yugoslavia. Trained as a microbiologist, she spent some years running a scientific journal, and later worked as an editor for an international educational publisher. Her own publishing record includes her autobiography, Houses in Africa, The Dolphin's Daughter and Other Stories, a bestselling book of three fables published by Longman UK in 1995, as well as numerous pieces of short fiction and non-fiction. Her last novel, the first volume of a fantasy series, Changer of Days: The Oracle, was published in September 2001 by Harper Collins. Hromic is an essential member of Swans. She maintains her own Web site (with Deck Deckert) where she provides information about her work and the professional services she offers: ButterknifeBooks.com

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Published August 26, 2002
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