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Poem: "Waxing Strong" - The Wordsmith's Forge
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Poem: "Waxing Strong"
This poem came out of the November 7, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] ari_the_dodecahedron. It fills the "year" square in my 10-31-17 Time card for the Space and Time Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] daisiesrockalot. It belongs to the Moon Door series.


"Waxing Strong"


It takes time for the women
who have become werewolves
to adjust to their new circumstances,
but they're learning and growing
and making progress now.

It has been years since Lorina
felt good enough to work regularly,
to hold down a real job instead of just
working from home on the good days.

She has enough good days now
to refresh her credentials and apply
for a job at the local college, which can
always use administrative assistants.

Alexandria concludes her maternity leave
and goes back to work as a graphic designer.

She still does the usual projects, but now,
she also designs murals for wolf habitats
in zoos and wildlife sanctuaries.

Amanda goes back to college,
picking up her major in Linguistics
with a minor in Cultural Studies.

She still loves Europe, but she
doesn't tell anyone that what
she really wants to study now
is the lore of werewolves.

For a few days each month,
the moon may take its toll,
but on the whole it leaves
these women waxing strong.

* * *

Notes:

Major life changes happen to everyone. Understand how to create and cope with them.

Linguistics is the study of languages.

Cultural Studies deals in what makes a society distinctive and how they interact, usually with an eye toward promoting diversity and tolerance.

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