Poetry Spotlight: “Great Goddesses: Life lessons from myths and monsters”

Advice from Hestia to Girls

You are not made of paper.

If you were, you would have

turned to ash a long time ago.

You are more. Bone, and muscle,

and beginnings and endings –

evoke that when the world tries

to convince you that you are small.

You are not stone. Your heart is warm,

but seek no homes in other people’s chests,

seek no truths there while your own heart,

each throb, reminds you of your true home.

You are not made of paper.

Paper is easy to use and crush,

and you were not made for that.

You were made flame first.

And fire is born knowing

its elemental nature.

It knows the mystic force in shining alone.

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